October 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new report says San Francisco's failure to invest in ambulances and medics could be putting patients' safety at risk.
The report by the Board of Supervisors budget and legislative analyst found nearly 2,500 people had to wait last year to be transported to a hospital because an ambulance wasn't immediately available. That's four times the number of people who has to wait in 2008.
The figures were reported by the San Francisco Chronicle over the weekend. The fire department handles the majority of 911 calls seeking medical assistance.
Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says the city needs to invest in medics and ambulance maintenance, but people shouldn't be concerned about their safety. Though ambulances may be delayed, the department responds to all 911 calls within five minutes with a paramedic.
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