Coronavirus: Where’s the government retraction on ‘do not revive’ guidance for vulnerable people?

If the government is prepared for coronavirus, as Matt Hancock keeps saying, why are patients being told they’ll be automatically denied treatment?

Look at the state of this.

After all the fuss last week, when a GP practice in Wales sent out a circular to patients described as vulnerable to coronavirus, telling them they won’t get treatment if they contract it and should sign “Do Not Attempt Resuscitation” forms so health workers will leave them to die…

After the BMA, CQC, and other organisations demanded that decisions on whether to treat anybody must be made on an individual basis rather than about groups…

GP practices in Brighton and Hove sent letters to care homes with exactly the same message.

NHS England says there is no national guidance at all that picks and chooses who can receive treatment in hospital.

In that case, why are GP practices in Sussex sending people the same message as one in south Wales?

It’s time we had an explanation and apology from the Department of Health and Social Care…

And a direction to all health professionals that nobody is to be denied treatment.

Source: Coronavirus: Care workers ‘shocked’ by virus treatment guidance – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “Coronavirus: Where’s the government retraction on ‘do not revive’ guidance for vulnerable people?

  1. Florence

    As one who is on “the list” of 1.5m people sent “the letter” far from reassuring me that i will get a slot for Tesco’s delivery – which isnt happening still- it felt like a death sentence. Yes i have a number of health issues but i have lived with some of these all my life and many for decades. None are fatal, such as arthritis and EDS, others unless by medical mismanagement (eg porphyria, when some common drugs are lethal or partial IgA deficiency). I have survived long enough to collect my state pension – perhaps that is the reason I will be sentenced to death with an otherwise survivable condition.

  2. Jeffrey Davies

    Hmm letter letter everywhere but none to me it seems that borises letter got lost but with a butterfly above my bed if I’m taking into hospital then I expect just that more drugs that’s it

  3. hugosmum70

    to be honest. even if we got that assurance, chances are we wouldnt believe them now. its been voiced,its in black n white print for some. i know i wont believe it and will fight tooth n nail to stay out of hospitals now. would rather die at home than be put in that position. at least ill be in my own surroundings.// without ventilation what else will be different?

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