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Published on Thursday 13 September 2012 11:37 A man with Down's Syndrome is taking legal action against an NHS trust in Kent after a do not resuscitate (DNR) order was put on his file without the knowledge of his next of kin. The 51-year-old man, referred to as AWA, was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate on September 7 last year.
Originally posted by facelift
reply to post by rubbertramp
is this not basically a good example the fear of socialized medicine and the 'death panels?
So, a doctor can 86 me with a subjective signature, but Assisted Suicide is a Felony..?
An investigation undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), an official watchdog, found in October last year, based on spot checks of 100 hospitals, that involuntary DNR notices are being routinely applied, without consultation with patients or relatives, to elderly patients.
At University Hospitals Bristol Foundation trust, there was no evidence that a DNR order placed on a patient had been discussed with the person or next of kin. A junior doctor told inspectors that they did "not tend to discuss" such decisions with families.
The DNR allegedly reveals doctors did not discuss the order with AWA because he did not have the mental capacity. No information was given to his family because they were said to be unavailable, even though they visited him almost every day and his parents had meetings with his doctors.
Lawyers for the family said the order gave the reasons for the decision as ‘Down’s syndrome’, ‘learning difficulties’, and because AWA was ‘bed-bound’ and ‘unable to swallow’. The hospital trust says that it was following proper procedures.
The form also allegedly said the DNR order should remain indefinitely, without any planned review. A close relative said: ‘It is just not acceptable, not being consulted on whether someone lives or dies.’