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Family sue trust over DNAR order on man with Down’s Syndrome

A family are suing a Kent hospital for issuing a DNAR order on their relative with Down’s Syndrome and dementia.  Their case is made on the grounds that one of the reasons given for the order, apparently recorded in the patient’s notes, was ‘Down’s Syndrome’ and that the decision was made without any discussion with them.  The case brings up the issue of whether having Down’s Syndrome should ever be a reason for a DNAR decision and also the extent to which family/friends are actually included in the decision making process in practice, even though such consultation is part of the best interest assessment of a person who lacks capacity, as outlined in the Mental Capacity Act, 2005.   

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