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 should take responsibility for NHS problems says Plaid

During First Minister's Questions, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said Carwyn Jones should take responsibility for problems in the Welsh health service. The Senedd exchanges following moves by Hywel Dda health board to postpone some operations to prepare for winter emergencies.

Leanne Wood said to the First Minister:

Are you aware of the level of outrage in Hywel Dda amongst clinicians who have been told that they will have a third of their workload taken away from them this winter. They will be underutilised for four months out of twelve. These staff members still have to be paid and people are stuck in waiting lists in pain and awaiting surgery. When can the people of Wales expect to see you take some responsibility for the problems in the Welsh NHS?

– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader

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