There have been further reports in the media today highlighting concerns over the use of ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ (DNAR) decisions being made by medical providers during the pandemic.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has called for improvements to care planning. It has recommended that a ministerial oversight group be created to work with health and care providers, local government and those in the voluntary sector to improve the situation. 

This comes following news that more than 500 DNAR decisions made since March 2020 were not agreed with the either the patient or their family, a report has found.

Even more worryingly, an interim report published by the watchdog in December last year found that doctors may have made ‘do not resuscitate’ decisions on a blanket basis during the first wave of the pandemic.

We already have instructions from clients to investigate similar issues in the hospice setting. If you or a family member have been affected by this story and would like to speak to a solicitor in confidence, please email James Wickett in our North Devon office.