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Did UK’s health service push ‘do not resuscitate orders’ on children with learning disabilities during the pandemic?

According to a report in The Telegraph, parents allege that Britain’s National Health Services (NHS) asked children with learning disabilities if they wanted a ‘do not resuscitate orders (DNAR) during the COVID pandemic.

DNAR orders stop hospital staff from trying to revive the child if, among other things, their heart stopped.

Breitbart writes:

The Telegraph has exposed that GPs (General Practitioners) asked children with learning disabilities if they wanted ‘do not resuscitate orders’ in an alleged effort to ease pressure on the socialised health service, presumably by eliminating the need to treat some people with learning disabilities.

Debbie Corns, the mother of a 15-year-old autistic son, told The Telegraph that her son had consented to a DNAR order without understanding what it was. The family quickly had the order rescinded, but Corns believes the doctor had devalued her son’s life because of his learning disability.

Breitbart adds that according to NHS’ website, not only can a patient request a DNAR order, but a doctor can impose it as well, even if the person does not consent.

There were earlier reports alleging that doctors were assigning DNAR orders to adult patients with disabilities during the height of the COVID pandemic.

Breitbart explains:

In December 2020, Britain’s healthcare watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said that there was “evidence of unacceptable and inappropriate” use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders from NHS doctors during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to avoidable deaths.

Some have compared the practice to the eugenics program initiated by the Nazis in World War II, when it killed off people with disabilities, describing them as a waste of resources.

READ: Kids with Learning Disabilities Offered ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders by UK Health Service During Pandemic AND Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions (NHS website: Scroll down to the section entitled, “A Doctor Decides in Advance”)

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