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DNR Court hearing into hospital’s resuscitation policy

A 10 day court hearing into the way in which a hospital’s DNR resuscitation policies were used in the case of a terminally ill woman, began at the High Court on November 5th.  The husband of 63 year old Janet Tracey alleges that two DNR orders were put into her hospital notes by staff at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust without her knowledge or consent.  This case will be followed by a full judicial hearing in February 2013 to establish if there is a legal duty to inform patients with capacity whether a DNR has been placed on their notes and whether they have a right to be consulted about it.