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Man dies after waiting 3 hours for ambulance

A 29-year-old man who waited three hours for an ambulance on Thursday, when many first-aid staff had joined a general strike, died on the way to the hospital. Police said they called an ambulance at around 1 p.m. after seeing the man sitting on a bench outside the police station in Kallipoli looking very ill. An ambulance eventually turned up at 3 p.m. and transferred the man to the hospital where doctors confirmed his death. National First Aid Center (EKAB) staff told Kathimerini that they had warned police there might be a delay due to severe staff shortages, more acute than usual due to the strike. A Health Ministry source put the onus on the Economy Ministry for delaying the approval of additional staff and appeared to suggest that police should have intervened, noting that the police station in Kallipoli is just 200 meters from the Tzaneio Hospital.