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Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 1:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 2:05 pm

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Last updated: Tuesday, 05 October, 2021, 14:41

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  • John Swinney to give update to MSPs at Holyrood

Police report having to take patients to hospital amid ambulance crisis

Injured people are having to be taken to hospital by police officers because of the crisis faced by the ambulance service, according to the Scottish Police Federation.

The trade union said it knows of approximately 30 cases in recent months where patients were driven to hospital in police cars because of a lack of available ambulances or long waits for paramedics.

Last month the army was called in to help drive ambulances amid deteriorating response times and warnings about driver shortages from the ambulance service.

But now the police federation has revealed officers are being also asked to attend medical emergencies and have helped by taking patients to hospital in the absence of ambulances.

The Scottish Ambulance Service has denied the claims.

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