'Health inequalities' must be addressed, say opposition

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During First Minister's Questions on 6 May 2014, health was again one of the main topics on the agenda as the opposition leaders quizzed the First Minister, Carwyn Jones.

Both Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Andrew R T Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives attacked the Labour government's track record with regards to cancer treatments and health care goals.

Ms Williams said the Labour government needed to address "health inequalities" since she said people in some areas in Wales were "five times more likely" to have cancer than people in other areas. She said death rates also varied across the country.

Mr Jones insisted his government was addressing the issue. He said the main drivers behind the cancer delivery plans was to target inequalities and added it was targeting health issues within communities first areas.

Continuing with the attack on Labour's health record, Mr Davies asked Mr Jones whether health campaigners had discussed their worries with Labour leader Ed Miliband when he visited Cardiff last Friday.

Mr Davies has previously called for an inquiry into the NHS in Wales similar to the Keogh review of NHS trusts in England.

However the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, wanted to highlight a funding issue during First Minister's Questions.

On Sunday Labour's shadow Scottish secretary said Wales would receive more money from the Treasury under a Labour UK government.

Margaret Curran said the Barnett formula - how the Treasury sets funding for the devolved nations - would not change but said a UK Labour government would recognise Wales' "claim to extra resources".

Ms Wood asked why Mr Jones himself had not announced this. He said that Wales was underfunded by £300 million and that this would be a part of their 2015 election manifesto.

The Welsh government has been calling for reform of Treasury funding of the devolved nations since 2009 when its Holtham Commission said the Barnett formula deprived Wales of around £300m a year.

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

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