U.K. Watchdog Group: ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders Given To COVID Patients With Learning Disabilities

U.K. Watchdog Group: ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders Given To COVID Patients With Learning Disabilities


A watchdog group in the United Kingdom has claimed that patients with learning disabilities who were infected with coronavirus were given do not resuscitate orders.

Mencap is a group that focuses on helping people with learning disabilities. According to a report by The Guardian, the group “said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.”

This follows a report by The Guardian last year about deaths in care homes:

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Do-not-resuscitate orders were wrongly allocated to some care home residents during the Covid-19 pandemic, causing potentially avoidable deaths, the first phase of a review by England’s Care Quality Commission has found.

Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitations (DNACPRs) are typically reserved for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but the group said that some seem to have been ordered for people simply because they had a

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