Progressive Nation Says ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Children With Learning Disabilities

British children who have learning disabilities were handed ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ orders throughout the pandemic, and according to the families of such children, it’s believed that the order was given for no other reason than the learning disability itself.

Britain has socialized medicine in the form of the National Health Service (NHS), which attempted to give children ‘do not resuscitate’ notices, also known as DNAR or DNR, during the pandemic.

The recent report from The Telegraph is a further development on earlier reports that adults who suffered from either mental illness or also had a learning disability were issued DNR notices, which is known to have led to the death of at least one person.

DNR notices are orders to healthcare staff to withhold treatment from a patient in the event that they appear as if they might die, such as if their heart were to stop. Such orders are typically given to individuals who are very frail or suffer from an incurable condition like terminal cancer.

Patients can request to receive a DNR, or doctors can assign them to patients without their consent. As the NHS’s website phrases it: “You must be told that a DNACPR form will be/has been completed for you, but a doctor does not need your consent.”

The Telegraph exposed general practitioners who asked learning disabled children if they wanted to receive DNRs in an alleged attempt to ease pressure on the socialized health service, presumably by removing the need to treat learning disabled people.

When the pandemic started in 2020, NHS England warned medical professionals that learning disabilities on their own “should never be a reason for issuing a DNAR order.”

However, widespread reports of needless DNRs have been handed out to disabled individuals, though the exact numbers are not known, there are an estimated 1.5 million learning disabled individuals in the United Kingdom, making the likelihood of a full expose on the scandal improbable.

Author: Margaret Peterson