Exclusive: ‘Unforgivable’ Failings in End-of-Life Care Revealed as 40,000 Dying Patients Subject to Secret ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders Every Year

May 3, 2016

(The Telegraph) – The official audit of 9,000 dying patients, conducted by the Royal College of Physicians, reveals that one-in-five families were not informed  that a “do not resuscitate” order had been put in place – equivalent to the families of 40,000 patients. The same study showed that in 16 per cent of cases, there was no record of a conversation with the dying patient, or explanation for the lack of one, for the decision to put in place a do not resuscitate order.