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Is Consent Required to place a Do Not Resuscitate on your file?

Friday, May 6, 2016

A recent study by the Royal College of Physicians has revealed that 20% of patients had a “Do Not Resuscitate Order” put on their file, without their consent or the consent of their loved ones. 

The College found that as many as 40,000 patients per year who had a Do Not Resuscitate Order on their file had no record of a conversation with a patient or a family member of this decision. A Do Not Resuscitate Order being placed on the file of the patient means that faced with the need for life sustaining treatment. that patient would not be given treatment to save their life and CPR would not be attempted.

If the patient has a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Care Decisions in place, the medical professionals must discuss their decisions with the appointed Attorneys and their Attorneys can speak as though they were the patient and give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment.

Laura Rumsey comments:- “Having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place in relation to your health and care decisions means that you can appoint an Attorney or Attorneys to speak on your behalf and relay your wishes to medical professionals in situations where you are unable to do so yourself.”

If you wish to discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney in more detail please do not hesitate to contact our private client department in Norwich on 01603 666001 or Attleborough on 01953 453774.