The number of traditional ambulances in one of the ambulance regions is set to be halved, in a major overhaul of the 999 service. 

A van driver who was forced to rush a dying man to hospital in Co Louth last week after no ambulance showed up at the scene has demanded answers from health chiefs.

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An ambulance crew allegedly refused to take a dying woman to hospital because they felt local accident and emergency departments were too busy, a coroner heard today. Janet Kent's family GP told how she had sent the paramedics to her address but they did not take her to hospital - she died hours later. 

The NHS said ambulance services across the country were finding the targets challenging.

Ambulance bosses have been ordered to improve response times after missing targets for the second year running.

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