9/17/12 — In a blatant act of discrimination, Britain’s NHS was found to have issued a DNR – “do not resuscitate” – in the file of a patient without his consent, or the consent of his family. Their reason for doing so?
Because he has Down syndrome.
An NHS hospital is being sued by a family who say doctors placed a “do not resuscitate” order on their relative, denying him potentially life-saving treatment, because he has Down’s syndrome.
The unnamed family are bringing a legal challenge against a hospital in Kent where a doctor apparently decided staff should make no attempt to resuscitate the patient if he suffered cardiac or respiratory arrest, on the basis of his disability.