Calif. lawmakers address long ambulance wait times at hospitals

Lawmakers at the State Capitol on Wednesday addressed long wait times when ambulances arrive at issues, a chronic issue worsened by COVID-19 impacts. The Assembly Committee on Emergency Management heard from first responders and hospital representatives from across the state. Panelists discussed the ongoing problem and potential solutions. First responders say they are facing unreasonable delays in turning patients over into the care of hospitals. "We can have upwards of 8 to 10 ambulances sitting at the emergency rooms for upwards of 5 to 8 to 10 hours at a time, waiting for a bed," said Capt. Parker Wilbourn with the Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

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