Doctors must involve patients in life-or-death resuscitation decisions unless doing so would actively cause them harm, three senior judges have made clear, in a landmark ruling over a terminally ill woman placed on a so-called “DNR” notice.
The Court of Appeal found 62-year-old Janet Tracey’s human rights were violated when doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, placed the order in her medical notes without properly consulting her.
You do have to wonder what else is going on if they’re not even bothering to ask people whether they’d like to die or not.
As many as 80 per cent of those who die in hospital do so with instructions to doctors in place not to attempt resuscitation, he said.
A fairly widespread problem then.