First minister's questions


First Minister Carwyn Jones was criticised for the government's change of policy on health checks for the over 50s on 5 February 2013.

Labour pledged annual checks for the over-50s at the 2011 assembly election.

But the health minister made a written announcement on 4 February 2013 that these would now be done online, claiming research raised questions about the value of universal checks and this would allow something new to be tested.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams said that Labour had claimed to have a fully costed manifesto in 2011.

She asked how different this check-up would be compared to other NHS on line questionnaires and commercially available check-ups.

Mr Jones insisted that the government was delivering on its promise claiming the "online health check is first step" towards a checkup; over 50s would be able to fill a form in online which would direct them to a GP or pharmacist if needed.

"I look forward to seeing the detail as to how that computer system is going to work and ensure the confidentiality of patient records," responded Ms Williams.

She then questioned the first minister on the lack of critical bed space.

"There is not a single European country that has less critical care beds than Wales," she said.

"Is it any wonder that the Welsh NHS is - on your watch and to use your words - 'on the brink of collapse'?"

Mr Jones claimed that the Liberal Democrat had taken his words out of context, and that he feared the Welsh NHS would collapse if changes were not made to services.

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies questioned the first minister on the number of student applicants for universities and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood called for quarterly GDP figures specifically for Wales.

As well as facing questions from opposition leaders, Mr Jones answered questions on cuts to benefits, broadband services for Pembrokeshire and credit unions.

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