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A&E queues mean Wales' ambulances 'can't take 999 calls'

A new BBC report has found ambulance crews are unable to respond to calls quickly due to the pressure on hospitals to find free beds. Some paramedics are even spending most of their 12 hour shift waiting in the back of their ambulance, waiting to be called. 

"We know there are people in the community that are screaming out for an ambulance, but as you can see, a lot of ambulances are waiting here. It never ever used to be like this. We used to bring poorly patients in, and we were out on the road again in 15 minutes. We could do 10 jobs a shift, today we've done two. It's so demoralising" Paramedic Osian Roberts has said. 

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Source: BBC News, 11 August 2021


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