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Row over winter operations cut

The First Minister has faced criticism from all three opposition parties over Hywel Dda University Health Board's plans to cut the number of non-emergency operations to cope with winter pressures.

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First Minister defends health board's winter plans

The First Minister has faced sustained criticism in the Assembly chamber from all three opposition party leaders over a health board's plans to cope with winter pressures. Hywel Dda health board says it will reschedule some non-urgent operations in order to focus on emergency surgery.

At First Minister's Questions, Carwyn Jones was criticised by the Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrats who said the plans would lead to further worrying delays for patients. But Mr Jones said Hywel Dda's proposals stemmed from sensible planning:

We are planning for winter pressures. Local health boards are planning for an appropriate number of operations that create the capacity to deal with emergencies in the future.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

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