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Ambulance boss "truly sorry" after Hillsborough inquests

Ambulance boss "truly sorry" after Hillsborough inquests

Published at 6:00pm 26th April 2016. (Updated at 6:12pm 26th April 2016)

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has apologised to the families of the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

Following the inquests into their deaths, jurors ruled that the Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed in 1989.

Relatives say the ambulance service "failed" the victims and provided a "hopeless emergency response".

They have also called for Chief Executive Rod Barnes to resign.

He said: "I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the bereaved families of the 96 people who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough tragedy.

"We fully accept the jury's conclusions that after the crush began to develop, there were mistakes made by the ambulance service; lives could have been saved on the 15th April 1989 had the emergency response been different.

"On behalf of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, I am truly sorry. Our thoughts remain with the families as they continue to grieve and come to terms with the evidence they have heard over the last two years.

"As one of the successor organisations of South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service, we have had a responsibility to ensure a full and fair examination of their response. We have done our best to make sure all relevant evidence about the ambulance service response has been put before the court, placed in context and properly explored in an open way.

"The ambulance service has changed a great deal in the last 27 years. A huge amount has been learned from Hillsborough and other incidents.

"We, as an organisation, are not complacent. I would like to reassure the public that the ambulance service's ability to respond to a major disaster such as this has changed beyond all recognition.

"We understand the importance of today for the families and friends of those who died. Our thoughts remain with them."