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Maryborough’s Rob Newman says he may appear calm, but on the inside he is angry.

Mr Newman has permanently lost half his left index finger after being forced to take a taxi from Maryborough to St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne for emergency microsurgery while an ambulance stood unused at the Maryborough ambulance station.

Mr Newman accidentally sawed off half his finger while doing renovations work using an electric saw at his Maryborough home workshop on Sunday afternoon.

His wife, Janelle says she rushed him to Maryborough hospital where, Mr Newman says, nurses, but no doctor, attended to him.

“We both knew that if we waited for an ambulance we’d still be waiting so it was quicker to drive him,” Mrs Newman said.

While one of the city’s two ambulances and crews was out attending to another case, Mrs Newman said another ambulance was sitting unused in the station.

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