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GPs in Wales plan to use 999 calls to admit patients to hospital to get round long delays in getting urgent ambulances.

The motion was passed after GPs claimed some patients had been forced to wait as long as eight hours for a non-emergency ambulance.

A 999 call would get a response within 14 minutes.

Ambulances have been forced to wait outside A&E before delivering their patients because of bed shortages.

Speaking in favour of the motion, Dr Ian Millington, secretary of Morgannwg LMC, said GPs were 'being asked to change their clinical risk management because of operational difficulties'.

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of GPC Wales, said it was

'astonishing' that ministers seemed unaware of the

problem.

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