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Fight for justice after doctors 'told not to use CPR on disabled Covid patients' – Chronicle Live

Tuesday, 15 March, 2022

Fight for justice after doctors 'told not to use CPR on disabled Covid patients' – Chronicle Live

A defibrillator: Many have raised concerns that people with learning disabilities were wrongly told doctors shouldn't try to resuscitate them if their hearts stopped (Image: PA)

 
People in the North East with learning disabilities have launched a fight for justice over fears people like them were pressured into missing out on lifesaving care.
Towards the start of the pandemic, in 2020, reports began to emerge that some doctors and care homes in England were issuing 'blanket' do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions for disabled patients.
These orders are meant to prevent physically frail people or those who don't want to be saved from undergoing CPR - but having a learning disability isn't a reason not to attempt lifesaving, while enforcing DNACPRs across a large group without consulting individuals is illegal.
Read more at: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/learning-disability-dnacpr-north-east-23334491

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