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María Luisa Carcedo Roces (born 30 August 1953)[1][2] is a Spanish doctor, politician and former senator who belongs to the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). She has been the Spanish Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare since 12 September 2018 after the resignation of Carmen Montón.

María Luisa Carcedo

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Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare
Assumed office
12 September 2018
Acting: Since 29 April 2019
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byCarmen Montón
High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty
In office
21 June 2018 – 12 September 2018
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byPau Vicent Marí Klose
Member of Congress of Deputies
In office
2 April 2004 – 25 September 2015
Member of the Senate
In office
25 September 2015 – 20 June 2018
Member of the General Junta of the Principality of Asturias
In office
28 May 1991 – 2 April 2004
ConstituencyCentral Asturias
Personal details
Born (1953-08-30) 30 August 1953 (age 65)
Santa Bárbara, Asturias, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
Alma materUniversity of Oviedo



Carcedo has a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Oviedo and a diploma in business medicine.[3] She began her professional activity in Primary Health Care from 1978 to 1984, and since 1995 she has been working at the Natahoyo Health Center in Gijón.

Political careerEdit

Related to the Socialist Party since young ages,[4] she started to assume public offices in 1984 as director of the local health centres of the Nalon Valley an office where she worked until 1988 when she was appointed Regional Director of Public Health of the Regional Government of Asturias.

In the regional elections of 1991 she was elected MP. Between 1991 and 1995 she was the Regional Minister of Environment and Town Planning.[5]

She was elected MP again in the regional elections of 1995, 1999 and 2003. Moreover, she was the spokesperson of the PSOE in the Parliament of Asturias between 1999 and 2003. It was expected she to continue as spokesperson in the period of 2003-2007 but she resigned in 2003 to participate in the 2004 general election where she was elected MP of the Spanish Parliament.[6] She revalidated its seat in the 2008 general election[7] but she resigned after the Public Administrations Minister, Elena Salgado, offered her to be the President of the Evaluation and Quality Agency, an office that she accepted and occupied until the 2011 general election,[8] revalidating its seat again but losing the office of President of the Agency after the change of government.

After the 2014 Extraordinary Congress of the Socialist Party she became member of the Federal Executive Committee (executive body of the party) as Secretary of Social Welfare, renouncing the Secretary of Economy, Employment and Sustainability that until then she held in the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party Federation of Asturias.[9]

In September 2015, she was appointed Senator by the Parliament of Asturias,[10] renouncing to her seat at Congress and she was also appointed Secretary-General of the Socialist Party in Senate. She was appointed senator again after the 2015 general election and the 2016 general election. In February 2016, she was one of the chosen by the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party, Pedro Sánchez to negotiate with other parliamentary groups in an effort to make a new government.[11]

After the 2017 Extraordinary Congress of the Socialist Party and the re-election of Pedro Sánchez as Secretary-General, he appointed Carcedo as Executive Secretary of Health of the party and he returned her the office from which she was stripped apart by the Party's Caretaker Committee, Secretary-General of the party in the Senate.

With the successful no-confidence motion against Mariano Rajoy in June 2018, Pedro Sánchez became Prime Minister of Spain and gave her his trust again appointing her as High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty, an office that she held until September 2018, when the Health Minister Carmen Montón resigned and she was promoted to that office.[12]

Health MinisterEdit

In September 2018, she was appointed Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare of the Government of Spain after the resignation of her predecessor, Carmen Montón.

As well as Montón, Carcedo take a tough position over homeopathy and other pseudosciences saying that one of her main compromises is «to fight against pseudosciences, and homeopathy is one of them».[13] A few days after that affirmation, the Health Ministry ordered the withdrawal of thousands of homeopathic products from market,[14] something that hundreds of scientists had asked a few months earlier.[15] Continuing with this position, Minister Carcedo wants to stop the «intrusiveness of the pseudosciences in the health assistance» by forbidding by law the use of this products in «prioritarian» health centres. This would be done in coordination with the Ministry of Science and the Regional Health Departments.[16]

Other objective that Carcedo has is to continue with the objectives marked in her previous job as High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty saying that her and her team aim was to finish with «child poverty, that they [childs] can live with their families without having to worry if they are going to have enough resources for the most basic».[17]


  1. ^ Congreso de los Diputados. "Ficha de Diputada. María Luisa Carcedo Roces". Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. ^ PSOE. "María Luisa Carcedo Roces". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ "María Luisa Carcedo - PSOE". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  4. ^ "Historical archive of the socialist party". 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  5. ^ "Regional Governments of Asturias since 1982" (PDF).
  6. ^ Congress of Deputies. "María Luisa Carcedo - 8th Cortes Generales".
  7. ^ Congress of Deputies. "María Luisa Carcedo - 9th Cortes Generales".
  8. ^ Congress of Deputies. "María Luisa Carcedo - 10th Cortes Generales".
  9. ^ España, La Nueva. "Francisco Blanco y Elsa Pérez asumen cargos de Carcedo y Lastra en la FSA". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  10. ^ Senate of Spain. "Senator's file - María Luisa Carcedo, 10th Cortes Generales". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  11. ^ Díez, Anabel (2016-02-03). "Sánchez elige un equipo moderado para negociaciones difíciles". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  12. ^ "Maria Luisa Carcedo named as Spanish health minister - Xinhua |". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  13. ^ "María Luisa Carcedo: "Combatiré las pseudociencias, y la homeopatía lo es"". La Vanguardia. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  14. ^ "Spain wages war on dubious homeopathy meds". 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  15. ^ Salas, Javier; Güell, Oriol (2018-09-25). "Hundreds of Spanish scientists ask for action against pseudoscience "that kills"". El País. ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  16. ^ "Sanidad quiere prohibir pseudociencias en centros sanitarios "prioritarios"". Redacción Médica (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  17. ^ Gálvez, José María Jiménez (2018-09-12). "La ministra que quiere erradicar la pobreza infantil". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-11-09.

Political offices
Preceded by
Felipe Fernández Fernández
Regional Minister of the Environment and Town Planning of Asturias
Succeeded by
Juan José Tielve Cuervo
Preceded by
Office created
High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty
Succeeded by
Pau Vicent Marí-Klose
Preceded by
Carmen Montón
Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare