End of life cruelty in the name of duty of care

2013 May 18
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Read the shocking cruelty that a dying person and daughter was subjected to.

David Lock: What does duty of care mean?

This is a serious blog about death, about what can go wrong in the dying process and how it can be put right. It arises out of an inquest where I represented a family member who found the medical and caring profession had misunderstood what was meant by a “duty of care” and tried to impose futile treatment on a dying elderly woman when she ought to have been allowed to die in peace and dignity. I urge you to read on if you have the time because this is a case which shows what should not happen and, as a result of the decisions of the coroner to write formal letters under Rule 43 of the coroners rules, it might lead to changes in practice in this vital area of care. – Read more here…

We need to stop to think; this is not about “them” but about each one of us.  Some day.

 

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