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Family accuses hospital of putting a “do not resuscitate” notice in patient’s notes without her knowledge

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 06 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7503
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The family of a 63 year old woman that claimed that doctors twice put a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) notice in her medical notes without her knowledge took their case to the High Court in London this week.

Janet Tracey was in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after breaking her neck, ribs, and collarbone in a head-on car collision. Shortly before this she had been given a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, denied that DNR decisions were made without consultation. In this week’s hearing the court will be asked to decide where the truth lies before going on, next February, to consider the family’s claim that there should be a national …

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