Well, extended licensing laws are in, which I’m afraid will mean more disorder on the streets, couple that with the seasonal increase in illness, and the ice on the roads that means I can’t drive as fast as I normally can and what you get is an increasing failure to reach our government’s benchmark time.
Remember the Great and Powerful God ORCON? Where we have to reach most high priority calls within 8 minutes?
We aren’t on target for it this year, and unlike other years I don’t think that “extra effort”, as our management call it, will save us. There is a shortage of ‘flu vaccinations, so more at risk people will get ill, we’ll be going to more alcohol fueled violence because of the new licensing laws. It is thought that there will be a colder than average winter, so, because of ice, our vehicles won’t be able to drive as quickly and as safely as normal. And Agenda for Change has hit morale hard especially given the uncertainty of payment for overtime shifts (which are needed to cover staff shortfalls). Oh and more people are calling us for more crap reasons every day.
We are doomed.
But worry not, patients won’t be doomed, remember, this eight minute ORCON time has absolutely no basis in health, or prevention of death. If your heart stops then you have, at best, five minutes to get it going again, after eight minutes, I’m afraid you are more than likely dead, and are going to stay that way. Most calls clinically either need a “faster than five minutes”, “faster than half an hour” or “Sometime in the next couple of hours” response. Eight minutes is some figure plucked out the air.
So don’t worry, all it means is that the best Chief Executive the LAS has ever had will lose his job, and we won’t get given as much money to fund the service. After all you wouldn’t want to fund a failing service would you?
Stupid $&%*£^&*!!! government.
All I can do? Get there as quickly and safely as possible, and make sure the patient doesn’t get any worse. I can only do what I can do…