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Ambulance response times are worse in the county than anywhere else in the East Midlands.

New figures show people calling 999 from five neighbouring counties are far more likely to get an ambulance within eight minutes than those in Northamptonshire.

In the final four months of 2011 just over two thirds of patients in life-threatening conditions in this county were reached in the target time.

It means the county is being given a worse service than any other served by East Midlands Ambulance Service. The service itself has the slowest emergency ambulance response times in the country.

The situation has got so bad that the chief executive of the service has called for a report to find out what is going wrong.

He has also admitted improvements are needed.

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