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Patients needing ambulances for life-threatening calls are often waiting longer than they should, latest NHS England figures show.

The average response time was around eight and a half minutes in August – the target for urgent calls is seven minutes.

Data also reveals the number waiting for routine operations rose to a record high of 5.6 million in July.

The NHS in England is set to receive an extra £5.4bn over the next six months.

The money has been allocated to help the health service respond to Covid-19, and to tackle the backlog caused by the

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