First minister grilled again over hospitals


First Minister Carwyn Jones was once again questioned on waiting times at A&E departments in his question session on 18 June 2013.

Liberal Democrat Peter Black asked the first minister for a statement on waiting times for treatment at A&E departments.

The first minister answered that there is an "improvement in performance".

He said that waiting times have improved by 5.4% but there is still some way to go.

Mr Black asked whether the first minister was confident that if the new proposals for A&E departments were brought forward, that they would be able to cope with extra demands.

The first minister said that it was "self evident" that it should be the case.

Conservative member Darren Miller accused the government of making cuts of £812m to the health service by the end of the next financial year.

This lead to an answer from Mr Jones claiming that this was "another figure today" that was wrong.

He claimed that the Conservatives "pluck these figures out of thin air" and that the reality was that health spend was constant in Wales.

He accused the Conservatives of not talking about the 20% cuts in schools and that they never justified figures "and that's why they will never be in government".

Plaid Cymru member Elin Jones asked Mr Jones if it was possible to increase investment in the ambulance service and the number of paramedics after it was revealed that in over 11,000 cases, ambulances took double the recommended 20 minutes response time.

The first minister said that the Health Minister Mark Drakeford was examining the situation.

Mr Jones was also questioned on the support for people with autism, cancer waiting times and the improvement of animal welfare.

Leader of the House Lesley Griffiths then responded to requests for debates and statements from members.

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