Getting ready for the movers at the end of the week and I Just saw a report about Do Not Resuscitate orders being applied by NHS and care home staff which caught me off guard. My first reaction was a bit of a double take. This is the National Health Service that the UK is supposed to ‘thank’ yet is is carrying out what appears to be a campaign of euthanasia during the SARS/COV-2 pandemic?
Bloody hell, there’s a spur to get private health insurance and no mistake.
First reports started filtering through in April and the situation is ongoing. Care home patients over 65 (and younger) have allegedly been issued with DNR’s without discussion or consultation which is bizarre. A DNR is a voluntary legal agreement, a waiver saying that if the patient suffers from a crisis where breathing or the heart heart is compromised and CPR may be required, life saving treatments will be withheld. See this RT report below.
Being a power of attorney means you have to keep up with this sort of thing and ensure that all is legal and above board. For example, Elderly Friend has a DNR. Not that Canadian medics have paid much attention to it, on one signal occasion they just pitched in and kept her going. More recently, Elderly Friend has had yet another series of falls and we think she’s on the final stretch, Funerals always cast a long shadow and I can feel the darkness creeping up on us. We just hope it’s peaceful.
However, if you have the misfortune to live in certain areas of the UK and an unpleasant rumour has it, have a lighter skin colour, bad luck.
There is something legally very dubious about these reports and it mainly concerns consent. My understanding of the law is that a DNR is a legally framed request by the patient (no-one else) not to resuscitate. A completely voluntary agreement with the patients witting consent. A DNR has to be signed by the patient and countersigned by their POA or next of kin if necessary, to be valid. Otherwise deliberately withholding treatment could be construed as criminal. That part of the law is a necessary safeguard to prevent some ideologically minded sociopath who has weaseled their way into the NHS from doing a Shipman or Munchhausen by proxy on their patients. Medical and care home staff are not allowed to play God or they can be charged with manslaughter or even murder.
Having worked in the UK NHS, the law on consent was drilled into us during training. Treatment beyond that necessary to maintain life, needs consent and DNR’s cannot be imposed because treatments have to be agreed. If this imposed DNR rule is true and is a top down imposed ‘guideline’ from NHS management then those responsible for drafting said policies needs to be held to account. Hanging upside down in the scorpion pit if necessary.
There’s far too much of this ‘implied consent’ business going on in the UK, which makes me pretty leery about spending any prolonged time there. If I was a UK resident I’d opt out of the organ donation side of things as well but I can’t even though I’m a UK passport holder. No UK address you see.
There’s much talk about the NHS being the ‘envy of the world’, which upon examination is just so much propaganda. To be even more blunt, complete bollocks. Canada and the USA, where medical treatment is superior to the UK, make exactly the same claims. The US believes their system is best because you pay for your treatment (or at least your health insurance does) and US doctors are, in my experience generally pretty good, as is their dentistry. North American dentistry I know from experience, is light years better than the UK.
As for being any good, globally the UK NHS trails way behind Taiwan, South Korea, France and Japan. So, the NHS is the ‘best in the world’? Cobblers.