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Covid-19: Government to issue new guidance on DNAR orders after legal challenge

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 15 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2848

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government has announced it will publish new national guidance for England on “do not attempt resuscitation” orders, amid concern that blanket bans on cardiopulmonary resuscitation were being imposed by some healthcare providers during the covid-19 pandemic.

The move comes after a threat of legal action against the government from Kate Masters, the daughter of a man who successfully fought to establish that patients have a right to be consulted on resuscitation. In May Masters launched a High Court challenge against the health secretary for England, Matt Hancock, over the government’s failure to issue clear national guidance to ensure that patients’ rights in relation to DNARs were protected.1

Hancock initially maintained that the matter …

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