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The Welsh Conservatives have condemned the former Health Minister's decision to refer back objections to changes to hospital services in west Wales. They claim Lesley Griffiths effectively ignored the Community Health Council's concerns about the Hywel Dda Health Board's proposals.
Just before she was moved in the cabinet reshuffle, former Health Minister Lesley Griffiths signed a letter to Assembly Members telling them she could not consider in their present form objections from the local Community Health Council to proposed changes to hospital services in west Wales.
The proposals by the Hywel Dda Health Board are some of the most controversial of the proposed changes across Wales, involving hospital closures and other hospitals losing some of their services. The Health Minister must consider any objections formally raised by the local Community Health Council.
Lesley Griffiths wrote that there was "no clarity" over which of the changes it can support and which it judges should be referred for ministerial determination. She has told the council to hold fresh talks with the Hywel Dda Health Board and resubmit any remaining objections by 5 April.
There's been a surprise Welsh Government reshuffle - which sees Lesley Griffiths has been replaced as Health Minister by Mark Drakeford in the midst of massive NHS reorganisation.
Owain Phillips reports.
The First Minister says the new Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Huw Lewis, will renew the Welsh Government’s efforts in, as he puts it, "mitigating the worst effects of the UK Government’s welfare reform agenda".
Carwyn Jones has completed his cabinet reshuffle with the appointment of Alun Davies as Natural Resources and Food Minister. He steps up from the deputy rural affairs portfolio to take over from his old boss John Griffiths, with responsibility for the environment.
No-one has left the cabinet but two have joined it, meaning there will be fewer deputy ministers as the total size of the government is limited by law. The two new faces have come to the top table by very different routes.
Mark Drakeford was a defeated Labour candidate in 1999 and served Rhodri Morgan as a special adviser. Alun Davies is a former Plaid Cymru parliamentary candidate who changed parties to become a regional AM before successfully taking on the task of winning back Blaenau Gwent at the last election.
"Ultimately, jobs, growth and the economy needs to be everybody's business in the Cabinet" says Iestyn Davies, from the Federation of Small Businesses.
"We do need to see more energy put into the Business portfolio, to ensure that some of the clear failings are addressed".
Jane Hutt keeping finance scotches rumours there might be a 'budget and business' minister -a role with which Cardiff Bay gossip had linked with Leighton Andrews. Jane Hutt and Edwina Hart, who some had tipped for the sack, have both been in cabinet since Alun Michael announced his team in 1999.