As many as 40,000 patients a year are having “do not resuscitate orders” secretly imposed on them without their families ever being told, it can be disclosed.
A national audit of dying patients has highlighted a failure by authorities to tell relatives of plans put in place for their loved ones.
It is estimated that every year, more than 200,000 patients are issued with do not resuscitate orders, instructing doctors not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation if the patient suffers a cardiac arrest or stops breathing.
The procedure – under which food, fluid and medication was routinely withdrawn from patients thought to be close to death – was abolished in 2014 in response to public concern.
Prof Sam Ahmedzai, chairman of the audit and author of recent guidelines on care of the dying, said: “When a decision has been taken [not to resuscitate], it is unforgivable not to have a conversation with the patient – if they are conscious and able – or with the family.
“If a doctor was dying they would expect this. We need to show the same respect to our patients.” he said. Prof Ahmedzai also said doctors also needed to be far more open with patients who were facing death.
Note: Does this active refusal of care NOT go against the stated objective of the NHS? Stories of this nature call into question the motives of health policy in the UK. In this context, is care, health or wellbeing a motive for the refusal to allow mothers an alternative to the MMR vaccine?
16 January 2015 Last updated at 10:34 Help
MPs took part in a debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 15 January 2015.
Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock is replying for the government.
“We are, as a nation, deeply committed to free and fair exchange,” he says.
He adds: “TTIP is about free and fair trade.”
TTIP is free and fair? Then why the secrecy?
Why are only a handful of MPs allowed into the reading room without recording equipment to see the documents.
Lord Livingston is amongst the few that has access to the documents. Lord Livingstone will be at the European Scrutiny committee meeting on 11th Feb 2015.
The UK has 90 International Trade deals involving Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.
Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilion)
Czech republic, Slovakia and Poland…are in trade agreements that include Investor Dispute mechanism and have been sued 170 times…
Dr Martin Deahl, 58, from Newport, Shropshire…
“I trained with Pauline in York before we flew out to Sierra Leone.
“We flew out on November 23 for five weeks along with 29 NHS volunteers.
“I worked in Port Loko with most of the volunteers and Pauline went to Kerry Town with three or four others
“We all met up again at Free Town on Saturday night for a reunion. We all got very close to each other and there would have been lots of contact with Pauline.
“On Sunday we flew into Casablanca and had a six hour stop-over in the airport lounge. Again there was lots of us hugging and chatting with each other…”
– Pauline Cafferkey and Dr Martin Deahl flew with NHS volunteers
– 29 NHS volunteers
– 5 weeks to Sierra Leone
– Only Pauline Cafferkey tested positive and is being treated for Ebola
– Unknown (secret) investigative drug being trialled
– Blood Plasma trialled on Ms Cafferkey
– No further details of other supportive recovery care.
Dr Jacobs said: ‘At the moment, we don’t know what the best treatment strategies are. That’s why we’re calling them experimental treatments.
What have these people being doing in West Africa for the past 3 months? They still do NOT know what supportive therapies increase survival rates? What protocols was Ms Cafferkey using with West African ebola patients?
It is quite an admission, that despite the involvement of MSF, UN, USAID, US Army, UK Army, etc they have not determined a clear recovery protocol and still wait for a pre-infection solution – vaccine.
This blogger recommends they try the alternative solutions mentioned on this blog, they will at least cause no further harm unlike the “experimental” vaccines and GMO drugs.
Ms Cafferkey had been part of a team of medical volunteers deployed to Sierra Leone by the UK government in November.
The 39-year-old is being treated with an experimental anti-viral drug at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.
Ms Cafferkey’s is the second UK case of Ebola. Nurse William Pooley recovered from the disease in September after also being treated at the Royal Free Hospital.