DNACPR Decisions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 5 April 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Browning Baroness Browning Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what criteria apply to NHS hospitals when requesting patients to sign a 'do not resuscitate' form.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no set criteria applied to National Health Service hospitals when requesting patients sign do not resuscitate forms. Doctors are required to make do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions based on the individual circumstances of a patient, and with the involvement of the person concerned or, where the person lacks capacity, their family, or any other legally recognised advocate.

Patient facing guidance setting out how DNACPR decisions should be made, and how individuals or their families can get support about a DNACPR, is provided on the NHS website, in an online only format.

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