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First minister's questions

Concerns about the health service dominated first minister's questions on 15 January 2013.

Leader of the Conservatives Andrew RT Davies said that Hywel Dda health board's reorganisation plans would "downgrade" services in mid and west Wales, contrary to promises made by Health Minister Lesley Griffiths in 2011 that no services would be downgraded.

"Hospitals are facing closure, is that not downgrading?

"If services are not available in district hospitals, is that not downgrading?"

Responding, First Minister Carwyn Jones criticised the Conservatives' record in Westminster as administrators of the health service in England.

He said the people of Wales "can have faith in the honesty of the Welsh government".

The leader of the Liberal Democrats raised concerns about the "wholesale cancellation of operations" by managers.

Kirsty Williams acknowledged it would be "understandable" in cases of "extreme winter weather" but said Public Health Wales has said the pressure was at the level expected for the time of year.

According to Mr Jones, most operations are cancelled by patients or because patients are not ready for surgery.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asked if the government would publish a list of unsafe hospitals.

"We don't believe there are any unsafe services, but there will be without change," responded Mr Jones.

Mr Jones also answered questions on the changes to the benefit system, school banding and the music dispute between Eos and the BBC.

Read this in Welsh.


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