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14th March 2013

New health minister for Wales announced in surprise reshuffle

First Minsiter Carwyn Jones announced a new health minister for Wales in a surprise cabinet reshuffle today (March 14).

AM Mark Drakeford replaces Lesley Griffiths as health minister at a time when of potential upheaval for the NHS in Wales with potential plans to re-organise hospital services.

The health portfolio is one of the biggest jobs in the cabinet with a departmental budget of almost £6bn.

Mr Drakeford, elected Labour AM for Cardiff West in 2011, was previously chairman of the Assembly's cross-party health and social care committee.

A professor of social policy at Cardiff University, he was an adviser to former First Minister Rhodri Morgan, who he succeeded in Cardiff West.

Find out: What's on Mark Drakeford's to-do list

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