‘Unprecedented & unlawful’: Surge in Do Not Resuscitate orders for learning disabilities patients issued during UK lockdown

A learning disability care provider said it has received an “unprecedented” number of do not resuscitate forms from doctors that it believes to be illegal. Turning Point, which provides supported living and residential care for people with learning disabilities, has raised concerns to HSJ that it has received 13 “unlawful” do not attempt cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or do not resuscitate orders from hospital specialists and GPs since the beginning of April, half of which came in the last week. The provider said that, of the orders it usually receives, around 12 each year would require a legal challenge. Turning Point, which operates facilities across the country, plans on challenging the lawfulness of the orders received this month, which it said appear to have been carried out without consultation with patients or their families.

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