A general practitioner apologized after sending a letter to patients with serious illnesses to complete a “do not resuscitate” form in case their conditions worsen due to the coronavirus.
In the note, delivered to people with life-threatening diseases, such as incurable cancer and motor neuron disease, Llynfi Surgery in Maesteg, South Wales, also said that filling out the DNACPR form (do not attempt CPR) ) had “several advantages”.
He said doctors, family and friends would not be able to call 999 if a loved one’s health worsened, and therefore would not use “scarce ambulance resources”, and would risk transmitting COVID-19 to others.
The letter was posted on Twitter, with a quote from a patient saying, “It made me feel worthless.
“I have been living with cancer for eight years and want to live a few more years.
“I’m not digging my grave yet. “
The note began by saying, “This is a very difficult letter to write for practice. “
He said that people with life-threatening illnesses were at a much higher risk of contracting the virus and were “unlikely to be offered hospitalization” and “certainly will not be offered a ventilation bed” .
He ended up saying, “We will not abandon you, but we must be frank about what the next few months have in store for us. “
Cwm Taf University Health Council said on Wednesday that the letter was not a communication from the Health Council and that the surgery apologized to the patients for causing “distress”, saying it was not was not their intention.
A spokesman for Cwm Taf said: “A letter was recently sent by Llynfi Surgery to a small number of patients.
“Surgery staff are speaking to patients who have received the letter to apologize directly and respond to any concerns they may have. “
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Another 563 people died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus – bringing the total number of deaths to 2,352.
The deaths occurred Tuesday 24 hours before 17 hours, announced the Ministry of Health.
This is the largest increase to date.