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Ambulances park outside the Accident and Emergency ward

Ambulances park outside the Accident and Emergency ward

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Paul Givan

Paul Givan

Ambulances park outside the Accident and Emergency ward

Emergency calls to Northern Ireland's Ambulance Service are regularly diverted to operators in Scotland, it can be revealed.

Dozens of 999 incidents every month are now being answered outside the region.

The number of calls rerouted to the Scottish Ambulance Service has risen by more than 80% year on year.