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First minister's questions

Leader of the opposition Nick Bourne AM criticised the first minister for taking £1bn out of the health services budget over three years.

He addressed Carwyn Jones AM during first minister's questions on 8 February 2011.

The Conservative AM for Mid and West Wales drew attention to problems in Morriston Hospital, Swansea and its failure to reach the target response time of four hours over the 13 months leading to December 2010.

First Minister Carwyn Jones AM compared the opposition leader's attack to "watching a fly continuing to hit its head against a glass pane".

He stressed the government's dedication to the hospital by "continuing with the improvement programmes" despite financial pressures elsewhere.

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, challenged the NHS spending of £12m pounds over the last three years on locum staff.

Whilst agreeing that the situation was not ideal, the first minister outlined the problems facing the NHS in recruiting GPs to positions in west and north west Wales and confirmed that they might have to consider incentives if the situation did not improve.

Plaid Cymru AM Nerys Evans raised concerns over the UK government's discussion on bringing CAP payments for farmers to an end.

Welsh farmers "don't have any friends in the Westminster government" according to the first minister but he stressed that the assembly government is committed to supporting the industry.

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