The debate over extending choice in public services is not relevant in Wales, First Minister Rhodri Morgan said today.
Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative leader Michael Howard have both placed the issue at the centre of the General Election battleground with speeches yesterday.
But Mr Morgan said the choice model was not relevant given Wales's largely rural geography.
His comments are another example of the "clear red water" Mr Morgan believes exists between the administrations in Cardiff and London.
The Welsh Assembly Government has already rejected the idea of Foundation Hospitals in Wales.
Today Mr Morgan told the BBC's Good Morning Wales: "It's not really relevant in Wales to be honest.
"Whether you're talking about health or education, our geography really does not encourage this model and I don't think our social values encourage this model either."
The First Minister said the Welsh approach was rather to improve services across the board.
"It isn't about philosophy, it's about capacity," he said.
Mr Morgan is due to set out his vision for public services in a speech in Cardiff this evening.