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CQC published review of DNACPR decisions during COVID-19 pandemic

24 March 2021

On 18 March, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its review of ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decisions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

In October 2020, the Department for Health and Social Care commissioned the CQC to conduct a special review into concerns that during the pandemic, DNACPR decisions were being made without involving people, or their families and/or carers if so wished, and were being applied to groups of people, rather than taking into account each person’s individual circumstances. 

The review, which took place between November 2020 and January 2021, looked at how DNACPR decisions were made in the context of advance care planning, across all types of health and care sectors, including care homes, primary care and hospitals. 

As a Trust, we received positive feedback and along with Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group, we welcome the report and remain committed to building positive relationships between health care professionals and our population. 

You can read the full report on the CQC website