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A 94-year-old man died in the driveway of his own home after waiting four-and-a-half hours for an ambulance amid a worsening NHS crisis.
And exactly a week later 67-year-old Helena Walker was kept waiting eight hours for an ambulance before spending another eight hours on a trolley in a hospital corridor after a stroke.
Yesterday the man’s heartbroken family, who asked not to be identified, called for answers on the “despicable” delay in getting him emergency treatment.
And Helena’s husband Graham, 67, called for government action to tackle ambulance waiting times.
Last week the Daily Record told how there has been in increase in the number of urgent 999 calls not seeing an ambulance quickly – with about three in 10 patients now waiting longer than 10 minutes for medics to arrive.
Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie called the two cases “harrowing” and said they showed “the lives of Scots have been put at risk due to the SNP’s failure to re-mobilise the NHS and support ambulance services”.