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|Covid: Ambulance boss says sorry to patients over waiting times
The head of the Scottish Ambulance Service has apologised to patients over increased waiting times.
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Pauline Howie said staff were working under "unprecedented pressure" in response to a "huge increase" in Covid and non-Covid cases.
She said everything was being done to get people to hospital as quickly as possible, including hiring new staff.
And she urged the public to continue to support her colleagues "who have been working tirelessly for 18 months".
At First Minister's Questions on Thursday Nicola Sturgeon said the average wait last week for immediately life-threatening incidents was
nine minutes and 30 seconds, a figure she described as "not good enough".
Opposition politicians have cited incidents where patients have faced far longer delays, with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross
describing how a stroke patient in Dumfries waited 14 hours for the arrival of paramedics.
The first minister told MSPs: "We know the pressure the ambulance service is under right now because of many of the other pressures
in our national health service that have been caused, and indeed exacerbated in some respects, by the pandemic."