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Doctors must consult before issuing "Do Not Resuscitate" notes

18 June 2014


Doctors must now consult patients or their families before issuing DNR notices

The Court of Appeal has ruled that patients or their families should be consulted before "do not resuscitate" (DNR) notices are placed in their notes.

The ruling was made in the case of Janet Tracey, 63, who had terminal lung cancer. Doctors at Addenbrooke's hospital, Cambridge, had placed a DNR notice in her notes without consulting either her or her family. [Sky, 17 June]

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