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Watch: Serious concerns over DNAR forms

Published on 13 November 2020 02:01 PM

Scotland's leading charity for older people has voiced serious concerns over the use of 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders when older people are receiving hospital treatment.

In the early weeks of the pandemic – and again more recently – Age Scotland received a number of alarming examples from family members whose older relatives were either forced to sign a DNAR, despite lacking the mental capacity to do so, or found a DNAR among their belongings after being discharged from hospital.

Having received more reports of their use this year than any other, the charity is now calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the handling of DNAR orders to uncover the extent of this issue across the country and help older people and their families to understand why this practice has been so horrifically misused by some clinicians since the start of the pandemic.

Roseanne McKee says her family were pressured into a signing a 'Do Not Resuscitate' order when her mother was taken into hospital earlier this year.

Her mother Jean, 76, sadly passed away in Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on November 3, with the cause of death recorded as COVID-19.

Speaking on STV News, Age Scotland’s Head of Policy and Communications Adam Stachura said:

“The Do Not Resuscitate form seems to be acting like a tool to almost write some people off before they’ve been given a fighting chance.

“This is something which seems to have organically grown across Scotland in March and April, and only come to light after people raised their hands to say the practice didn’t seem right.

“We want to get to the bottom of this. It originated somewhere and the practice is wholly, wholly wrong."

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