Welsh Government exploring possibility of using army to support NHS

The First Minister says his government has opened discussions with the army about helping the NHS in Wales as it deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

Mark Drakeford said he had given his officials the go-ahead to open talks with the Ministry of Defence to find out ways the army could be brought in to help support the health service.

Mark Drakeford at a previous press conference

It was also announced that every minister in the Welsh Government will look at their spending plans to free up funds for coping with coronavirus.

Mr Drakeford said that his government will bring forward an emergency supplementary budget because priorities have changed so radically since the final budget was published just a few weeks ago.

And Plaid Cymru has called for the closure of construction sites in Wales "to protect the health and well-being of workers."

On the changes to spending plans, Mr Drakeford was asked by the Conservative leader Paul Davies if he'd reprioritise the Welsh Government's finances.

The First Minister confirmed spending plans will change.

During a radically-altered Assembly meeting attended by very few AMs, the First Minister was offered support from all political parties.

However he did still face questions and challenges, including from Plaid Cymru which raised concerns of builders and others in the construction industry.

Their economy spokesperson called for the Welsh Government to act quickly to close down construction sites here in Wales.

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