U.K. Forced Do Not Resuscitate Orders on COVID Patients with Developmental Disabilities

By Wesley J. Smith

Editor’s note. Mencap describes itself as “the leading voice of learning disability.”

Oh, the joys of centralized health care. Apparently, the NHS has engaged in a bigoted DNR regime for COVID patients with developmental disabilities. From the Guardian story:

People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog.

Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19 . . .

DNACPRs [Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitations] are usually made for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but Mencap said some seem to have been issued for people simply because they had a learning disability. The CQC [Quality Care Commission] is due to publish a report on the practice within weeks.

The disclosure comes as campaigners put growing pressure on ministers to reconsider a decision not to give people with learning disabilities priority for vaccinations. There is growing evidence that even those with a mild disability are more likely to die if they contract the coronavirus.

This is eugenics thinking: pure, simple, and crass — a denial of human exceptionalism and the equal moral worth of every person. If true, heads should roll!

Wesley’s great columns appear at National Review Online and are reposted with permission.