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Review the ORCON target for ambulance services

3 Comments 6th July 2010

The ORCON target for ambulance services, which requires an ambulance to arrive within 8 minutes of the time of the call, is expensive, and, taking into account the effects of the costs of meeting it on other aspects of the ambulance service, it is unclear as to whether meeting the tight 8 minute has any clinical benefits for the service overall, compared with the original 19 minute target set in 1974.

A full evidence-based review of ORCON should be commissioned, and unless objective evidence can be produced that meeting the current ORCON target has net clinical benefits, taking into account the effects of meeting it on other aspects of the ambulance service, it should be scrapped, or replaced by a more realistic time target that is selected for optimal benefits to the overal population of patients.

Why does this matter?

NHS treatments, including the ambulance service, should be evidence-based, in order to provide the best possible health care within the resources available.

A full evidence-based review of ORCON is an essential part of this process.

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3 Responses to Review the ORCON target for ambulance services

  1. David halliwell says:

    I think it’s a very sensible idea to commission an evidence based review…
    I work in the ambulance service, and have welcomed clinically relevant targets, but a8 remains poorly researched.m

  2. Ultan Dempsey says:

    Hitting realistic times is always at forefront of every emergency service

  3. Elizabeth Ryan says:

    It would be nice to see the ambulance service made into an emergency service as we are the third service to fire and police. I fully agree with the provision of a more realistic timeframe to replace A8 as the service would like to give a more holistic care to its patients who are the most important people here and the pressure created by the timing is immense when the crews already take the approach that thebest is not good enough and strive to get to the patient asap.

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