Monday, October 17, 2011

UK: Doctors Abuse Elderly Via Do Not Resuscitate Orders

I'm not surprised. Medicalized killing continues in the UK (can we say slippery slope, anyone?). The elderly are routinely abused by medicos adding Do Not Resuscitate to patients' charts even though the patient or their guardian ever requested it. Beware the doctors; many are pro-death, as outlined in this article.
Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate orders
Elderly patients are being condemned to an early death by hospitals making secret use of "do not resuscitate" orders, an investigation has found.
A charity for the elderly said the disclosures were evidence of 'euthanasia by the backdoor,' with potentially-lethal notices being placed on the files of patients simply because they were old and frail.
The orders – which record an advance decision that a patient's life should not be saved if their heart stops – are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the patient or their relatives.
On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS's own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives. more

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