First minister backs surgery delays to deal with winter pressures
22 October 2013 Last updated at 20:08 BST
First Minister Carwyn Jones has backed a health board's plan to postpone some non-urgent surgery at mid and west Wales hospitals this winter.
Hywel Dda Health Board said on Monday that certain orthopaedic schedules would be cancelled for a period of time while it dealt with increased pressure.
The hospitals affected are in Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli and Aberystwyth.
BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke reports.