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Ombudsman and DNACPR Complaints

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is calling on doctors to complete this survey about DNACPR. The Ombudsman is trying to better understand the current process or if changes are necessary. Their website explains:

'We’ve recently upheld a number of complaints about how decisions to apply Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices are communicated to those affected. After reviewing these complaints and holding further discussions with relevant stakeholders, we’ve identified some issues which we’d like to understand further. We want to use this information to help NHS organisations and staff improve the way DNACPRs are managed.'

A reminder that patients can also take control themselves by making an advance to refuse treatment (ADRT). This could even include the refusal of life sustaining treatment and is covered by Sections 24 to 26 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005,

We have a free checklist for healthcare staff to check if ADRTs are valid on this page of our website. In addition, the charity Compassion in Dying provides a range of useful resources.

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