World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 03 Apr, 2021 05:30 am

Hundreds of UK elderly and disabled people subjected to blanket “do not attempt resuscitation” without consultation

Hundreds of UK elderly and disabled people subjected to blanket “do not attempt resuscitation” without consultation
Of the 2,048 social care providers who responded to a Care Quality Commission survey, 119 stated that blanket “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNAR) decisions affected people in their care since March 2020

The Financial Times drew attention to a report by the British Institute for Human Rights (BIHR), which identified that disabled people accounted for over 60 percent of Covid-related deaths between January and November 2020.After ONS figures, released in November 2020, revealed that disabled people accounted for 59 percent of Covid-deaths in the UK, the Health Foundation carried out research on health inequalities for the disabled, and its social impact.In many cases disabled people were almost twice as likely to have difficulties, such as an impact of relationships (ratio of 3:2) or feeling unsafe leaving home (43 percent of disabled respondents, against 23 percent non-disabled respondents).In the case of access to shops and access to health care, this was considerably over twice as likely to impact disabled people.

Under the heading of “Mental health and wellbeing,” the report states: “examples of blanket application of Do Not Attempt Resuscitation notices on disabled people’s medical notes, and early draft NICE [National Institute for Health and Care Excellence] guidance (subsequently withdrawn) implying lesser treatment priority for people who required daily assistance, led some disabled people to feel their lives were simply being accorded lesser value.” A survey referenced, conducted by the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel, highlighted that 83 percent of those who had responded to the survey were concerned about how they would be treated if they were hospitalised.

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