Appeal Court will decide whether a patient has right to be consulted before a “do not attempt resuscitation” note is put in notes

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1163
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Three judges of the Court of Appeal for England and Wales are to decide whether a patient has a right in law to be consulted before a “do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation” direction is placed in the patient’s medical notes.

The judges, headed by the master of the rolls, John Dyson, ruled that a judicial review hearing into the issue should go ahead, overturning a ruling by a High Court judge throwing it out as academic.1

The decision means that the court will hear arguments by David Tracey, …

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