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'Deep concern' at Aberdeen ambulance wait death

Health Secretary Shona Robison has expressed "deep concern" after a man died in Aberdeen while waiting longer than expected for an ambulance.

The incident happened in the early hours of 19 May. The ambulance took more than 30 minutes to arrive.

Ms Robison said she had spoken directly to the chief executive of the ambulance service to ensure a "full and urgent review" of the case is undertaken.

She said the findings must be acted upon.

'Extremely unusual'

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman: "We received a call at 02:46 hours on Friday 19 May to attend an address in Aberdeen and arrived at 03:19 hours.

"CPR advice was provided by our call handler.

"The response time is longer than we would expect."

The spokesman added: "We are currently undertaking a full investigation of the events. Initial findings indicate that the circumstances around this incident were extremely unusual.

"We have contacted the patient's family to offer our sincere condolences and to hear their recollection of the response as part of our investigation.

"We will share our findings with the patient's family and address any recommendations."