Remember when This Site reported that doctors were being ordered to deny coronavirus care to people with disabilities?
It went on for a while.
Eventually it seemed the people at the top of the NHS put a stop to the practice, telling hospitals, GPs and NHS managers not to issue such letters.
So why are we being told that medical professionals are still being told not to revive people with disabilities who are suffering from Covid-19?
The issue is that doctors are being told to issue these letters about disabled people, without consulting those people on whether they agree with the decision. That’s an abuse of human rights.
And now it seems Matt Hancock and the Department of Health and Social Care may face a court order to halt the practice.
The problem is that the government is not directly responsible for the issuing of these letters – doctors are.
But law firm Leigh Day, acting for Kate Masters, whose family has already fought a successful legal action against a DNR order, says the government is failing to provide proper guidance on this issue.
So Hancock is facing an ultimatum. Either he honours the following series of requests:
Masters wants the government to use its emergency coronavirus laws to put several safeguards in place. These state that doctors must not issue DNR notices unless the patient and/or their family/carers are:
- Told “that it is not appropriate to consider CPR and why”.
- Provided with “an opportunity to discuss their views and wishes regarding receiving CPR with the healthcare professional making the decision”.
- Given “clear information as to how the healthcare professional will take into account their views/wishes, the relevance of clinical judgement regarding efficacy of CPR (including being clear consent is not required) and how resource constraints are taken into account”.
- “Informed of the DNR decision and the reasons why (which must be individual to the patient)”.
- Advised “they can request a second opinion if they disagree with the decision”.
Or, if he fails to respond by May 7 (tomorrow, at the time of writing), then he’ll be dragged into court to face a judicial review that could force him to treat people with disabilities with the same respect as people with money.
I think he’ll take the court option, even though the request is perfectly reasonable.
Tories want to kill people with disabilities.
They’re a little… Nazi in that respect.
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