Apology for ‘do not resuscitate’ order on Down’s patient welcomed by SPUC Pro-Life

The BBC reported today that East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust has apologized for placing a ‘do not resuscitate’ order on the late Andrew Waters in 2011. “The trust accepts that it breached its duty owed to the patient. We apologise unreservedly for this and the distress caused.” Mr. Waters’ Down’s syndrome and his learning difficulties …

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Pushing DNRs on Elderly at National Health Service

By Wesley J. Smith Can’t have expensive OLD people hanging around using up resources (that their enterprise and hard work helped generate!) Apparently the bureaucratic controlled National Health Service (NHS) in the UK wants doctors to ask EVERY elderly person–healthy or not–whether they want a do not resuscitate put on their chart. From the Daily …

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A “landmark victory”? Patient must be consulted before DNR notice is placed on chart!

  By Wesley J. Smith This is pretty bad when it is considered a landmark victory! A court in the UK has ruled that competent patients have the right to be “told” when they are going to be denied CPR. From the Cambridge News story: The Court of Appeal has ruled the human rights of …

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Texas Still Aiming At Forced DNR

By Wesley J. Smith Back in February, I complained about Texas SB. 303, which would allow doctors to impose a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) Order on a patient’s file without consent. Since then, I have been to Austin testifying against the bill, and some salutory changes were made, although the bill still seems unacceptable …

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