DNACPR Decisions: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd April 2021.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Tatton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Care Quality Commission's report Protect, respect, connect - decisions about living and dying well during covid-19, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who died as a result of a Do Not Resuscitate order at the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

In October 2020, the Department asked the Care Quality Commission to review how Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions were made during the COVID 19 pandemic. The review focused on whether DNACPR decisions had been inappropriately applied. The Department does not hold data on the numbers or assessment of DNACPRs.

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