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Summary

  1. Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. Carwyn Jones took questions from 13:30 to 14:15 GMT
  3. He asks how Plaid's plan for a ring-fenced NHS drugs fund would work
  4. Tory leader Andrew RT Davies wants families to be informed of medical 'blunders'
  5. Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams presses the government on teacher training
  6. Maternity services and rural GPs are an ongoing concern for many AMs

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By Tomos Livingstone and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

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That's all from First Minister's Questions for today - join us again shortly before 1.30pm next Tuesday.

Former Presiding Officer Lord Elis-Thomas asks if there's a timetable for implementing the parts of the

UK government's proposals on further devolution where there's cross-party consensus.

He asks whether, if the Scottish Parliament were given control of its own elections by 2016, the same should happen in Wales.

The First Minister says he supports parity with Scotland in this regard, although that sort of timetable would be ambitious.

Questions now on devolving more powers to the Assembly - Plaid AM Llyr Gruffydd asks about fracking and

the current position while Conservative AM Nick Ramsay welcomes the proposed
funding changes.

Nick Servini

BBC Wales political editor

An easy ride for the First Minister.

He was mainly pressed on health and he mainly agreed with the questions.

One from Plaid called for an end to regional variations in the availability of new drugs and the other from the Tories on payouts for negligence cases.

On the former he said the Welsh government was trying to change it, and on the latter he claimed Wales led the way in transparency.

Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas asks whether reviving the Development Board for Rural Wales, or something similar, should be considered - Carwyn Jones says he isn't keen on a new quango.

AMs from west Wales are raising the question of dualling the A40 in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

The First Minister says it's under consideration and he wants to see improvements to the road as soon as possible.

Conservative AM Janet Finch-Saunders is now asking about

maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

She wants the First Minister to intervene. He says the Chief Medical Officer's report, having visited the hospital, isn't easy reading. But Mr Jones says he wants the consultants there to come forward with ideas as to how to improve the service.

He repeats his comment that he wants the service back up and running within a year.

Andrew RT Davies
BBC

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies raises

a newspaper report suggesting 100,000 people have been killed or injured by medical "blunders" in Wales since 2010.

Mr Davies says there should be a legal duty for the NHS to inform families when something goes wrong; Carwyn Jones says he isn't opposed in principle.

Kirsty Williams
BBC

Kirsty Williams, the Liberal Democrat leader, is up next, raising

this report into teacher training.

Report after report says the same thing, she says - that the Welsh government isn't getting it right on education.

Carwyn Jones, the son of teachers, says he's committed to improving teacher training.

Leanne Wood
BBC

First party leader up today is Leanne Wood. The Plaid Cymru leader is asking about access to new drugs - Plaid unveiled

their own plans to tackle this at the weekend (scroll down).

Carwyn Jones says he agrees that the current "postcode lottery" needs to be tackled, but doesn't fully agree with Plaid's call for a ring-fenced fund and a national panel to take decisions on access to medicines - he says he wants to see more details about how it would work.

You can watch the session by clicking on the Live Coverage link just above this blog.

Now a question on the

Duke of Cambridge's visit to China - the First Minister says the Duke dropped in to the Welsh government's office in Shanghai during the trip.

Kirsty Williams raises the case of

Llanwrtyd Wells and the GP services there; the First Minister says he was in the town at the weekend, and he's cautiously optimistic that the problems can be sorted out.

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First Minister Carwyn Jones is taking questions in the Senedd

Carwyn Jones
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We're underway with questions on rural GP services.

A

new contract was agreed with the Welsh government last week, but Lib Dem AM William Powell says some practices aren't communicating the changes to their patients - the First Minister agrees they need to get this right.

Before we get underway, a quick reminder on how the procedure works:

AMs can put their name into a ballot, and if successful they get to ask their question - the list of questions for today is

here.

Once they're done, other AMs can ask supplementary questions on the same theme - it's up to the Presiding Officer to make sure the link isn't too tenuous.

In the middle there are three questions each from the leaders of Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats - Carwyn Jones doesn't get any advance notice of what's coming.

Welcome to our live blog of Welsh First Minister's Questions at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.