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Ambulances failed to reach 5,628 critical patients on time

Crisis escalates as target time missed in more than half of life-threatening cases here last year

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Ambulances failed to reach 5,628 critical patients on time. Photo by Kevin Scott

Ambulances failed to reach 5,628 critical patients on time. Photo by Kevin Scott

Ambulances failed to reach 5,628 critical patients on time. Photo by Kevin Scott

Paramedics in Northern Ireland were delayed getting to the most critically ill patients 5,628 times last year, it can be revealed.

Category one calls are those considered to be immediately life-threatening, such as cardiac arrest, drowning, or major blood loss, and the target time to attend is eight minutes.


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