Leanne Wood 'wrong' about my views on health, says Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Still in disagreement: Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Leanne Wood Credit: Plaid Cymru

Dafydd Elis Thomas has given his first interview since his party leader, Leanne Wood, halted disciplinary action against him for missing a vote of no confidence in the Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths. He challenged what Ms Wood said about him in her statement on Friday.

Although I do not agree with him, I respect the fact that Dafydd Elis-Thomas does not share the group’s long-held views on protecting core health services at community level, and to have ministerial accountability for the decisions made.

That is wrong ... what I don't believe is appropriate is where you have facilities built that are not properly commissioned. I represent two hospitals within 10 miles of each other, both of which are not properly staffed. The job of an Assembly Member is to be a champion of quality services. And when the time comes for a change in public service, then that should be supported, provided it delivers better quality. And [that is] what the health board is doing in the north.

The Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, which covers north Wales, is the first to publish its hospital reconfiguration plans. They include the closure of a hospital at Blaenau Ffestiniog in Lord Elis-Thomas' Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency. It's ten miles from the hospital at Porthmadog.

In his interview with ITV Wales Political Reporter Owain Phillips, Dafydd Elis Thomas also denied that he had failed to inform his fellow Plaid Cymru AMs of his views and he declined to confirm that he was 100% behind his leader.

You can watch the full interview below.