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Welsh NHS under strain after 'unusual demand' over summer

The Welsh Ambulance Service and A&E departments across Wales have faced "sustained and unusual" demand over the summer, according to Wales' acting chief medical officer Dr Chris Jones.

Dr Jones has warned inappropriate 999 calls and an increased attendance at A&E are putting the NHS under strain.

Calls include a man wanting ointment rubbed on his back and a woman bitten on her finger by a hamster.

Huw Thomas asked Dr Jones what was behind the demand and was the service being misused.

  • 17 Aug 2012