The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for improvements to care planning following a report highlighting human rights breaches from blanket Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders.
The report raises an important dilemma when it comes to deciding upon welfare decisions for those who cannot make that decision themself, particularly during the Covid pandemic when the involvement of family and next of kin has been so limited.
The NHS has said "access to treatment and care for people should be and is made on an individual basis in consultation with family and carers". This is paramount and highlights the need for individuals to have attorneys or court appointed deputies who can fight the individuals corner against such blanket orders. If you have any queries about powers of attorney or the Court of Protection then please get in touch.
Individuals' human rights may have been breached in more than 500 cases where "do not resuscitate" decisions were made during the Covid pandemic, the care watchdog for England has said