Dubbed the ‘death squads’ of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) health personnel patrol the streets knocking on doors without invitation and assessing on the basis of one conversation with a senior citizen, who might be confused, whether or not they should have a Do Not Attempt To Resuscitate order (DNAR) displayed in their home.
The thought of this happening to one’s ageing parents, together or bereaved and now on their own makes the civilised mind reel in horror.
Jan Muir, news columnist says, ‘As it happens, my mother already has a DNAR on her doctor’s file, but it was her choice, made after discussions with all of her children in a moment of calm. Everyone understood what was going on and what was going to happen should the very worst happen.’
A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) is a personal decision preferably discussed with close family members in a calm and rational atmosphere. Yet DNAR orders are increasingly being issued on a seemingly superficial basis to ‘the elderly’ (over 65 years-of-age) without proper discussion. In some cases without their partners or family members present or even being made aware of what has taken place.
Culling the costly and unproductive over 65s has become a standard policy of government increasingly at odds with the citizens ignored by Westminster.
Jan Muir says, ‘We are a nation who cart off the elderly like lame horses at the first sign of heart failure or frailty? That is certainly what it must seem like for those who have already been visited by these roving ghouls and undergone a 60-minute interrogation consisting of highly personal and frightening questions.
Such alarming door knocks are the result of the latest NHS initiative to encourage people over 65 who live at home to make early decisions about their ‘advanced care’.
The DNAR initiative is part of the politicised NHS ‘Frailty Project’ sounds almost laughably ominous. The purpose is to establish an index of the 12 million Britons over 65 and accord them a score, ranging from one for fit, and nine for terminally ill.
And here is the sinister purpose behind the Frailty Project. The government’s aim is to support the over 65s in their own homes, thus saving money. It doesn’t matter where you are on the frail scale, it is mandatory for the over 65s to have their DNAR certificate visibly displayed in your home in case there is a fall or a cut finger opening a tin of soup.
What message does that send out about the value and quality of life? You might as well put up a poster saying Kill Me Now, Don’t Hesitate! Or, Don’t Mind Me, I’m 73.
Having such a certificate doesn’t even make any sense, medical or otherwise. Is a paramedic really going to have time to tour one’s home to see if there is a DNAR notice informing him whether he should treat the patient or not?
The NHS and its no-doubt youthful squad of DNAR tsars would do well to remember that age is also a concept, not just a number. I can remember as a youngster thinking 40 was so hopelessly antique that all 40-year-olds might as well throw themselves off a cliff. Source
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