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Labour have echoed Dafydd Elis Thomas' attack on his party, with one Welsh Government source claiming that Plaid Cymru have proved that they are happy to be stooges for the Tories. Meanwhile Plaid say that the political fallout over what they call hospital downgrading is far from over,
The Welsh Conservatives have promised to maintain 'fierce opposition to the downgrading of district general hospitals' despite the government's 29-28 victory, defeating the vote of no confidence on the Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths.
Plaid Cymru's Lord Elis Thomas missed the no confidence vote. He was at a Bangor University degree ceremony but has been clear that he did not agree with his party. He's said it's becoming 'a supporting cast' for the Conservatives. All other AMs voted, except the Presiding Officer and her deputy.
Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM has responded to the no confidence vote defeat, saying that Health Minister Lesley Griffiths' argument "remains utterly unconvincing".
The Welsh Government has defeated the opposition parties' attempt to pass a vote of no confidence in the Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths. 28 AMs voted in favour of the motion and 29 against after a sometimes stormy debate in the Senedd.
Political Editor Adrian Masters reports on this morning's crucial meeting of the Assembly Health committee.
The Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, and the Welsh NHS Medical Director, Dr Chris Jones, have both strongly denied doing anything wrong in their handling of Professor Marcus Longley's report on the future of the health service. They were being questioned by the Assembly's health committee.
The Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar, pressed Dr Jones over his email to Professor Longley about an emergency response service in Scotland. Dr Jones called it 'a positive new service that needs to go in'. It appeared in the final draft but Dr Jones denied influencing the report's contents.
The Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, will face a vote of no confidence in the Assembly this afternoon over her officials' actions. She told the committee that although she knew that Professor Longley would ask her officials for information, 'the report was Professor Longley's independent view'.
Dr Chris Jones, the medical director of the Welsh NHS, has denied that his emails to Professor Marcus Longley were an attempt to influence the professor's report on the future shape of the health service. In one email he wrote about the need for 'a persuasive vision of how things could be better'.
Dr Jones told the Assembly's health committee that the email was 'feedback on his emerging findings'. Earlier, Professor Longley had told the committee that Dr Jones' email referred to how the government would respond to his report once it was published.