Management and organisation
Two ministers and one permanent secretary run the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. A State Secretary may assist the ministers in their tasks. Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality is responsible for equality and non-discrimination matters.
There are four departments in the ministry, in charge of the preparation and development of central tasks in healthcare and social welfare, social security, gender equality and occupational health and safety, as well as for the supervision and coordination of the implementation of these tasks. The ministry also includes four separate units.
Departments of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health:
- Department for Steering of Healthcare and Social Welfare
- Department for Insurance and Social Security
- Department for Wellbeing and Services
- Department for Work and Gender Equality
The ministry’s Internal Audit operates directly under the Permanent Secretary.
The ministry employs about 390 people.
There are a number of agencies, institutions and advisory boards and committees in the administrative sector of the ministry.
The two ombudsmen that worked in connection with the ministry, the Ombudsman for Equality and the Ombudsman for Children, were transferred into the administrative sector of the Ministry of Justice at the beginning of 2015.
Organisation of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Acts governing the ministry
The Statute of Administration of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health defines e.g. the ministry’s tasks and organisation.
The Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health establishes the chargeable services of the ministry and their grounds.
The Rules of Procedure define the ministry’s departments, leadership, drafting and decision-making in more detail.