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Will your age or health condition stop you from getting an ambulance or ICU bed?

What are the protocols for deciding who gets priority when there are no free ambulances, A&E is overflowing, and ICU beds are full?

Will your age or health condition stop you from getting an ambulance or ICU bed?
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In November 2020, the Care Quality Commission published a critical preliminary report on 'Do Not Resuscitate - (DNR)' decisions in care homes and the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.


This raises the thorny issue of what do individual ambulance dispatchers, care home and A&E nurses and doctors do when they have no or very limited resources at their disposal - ambulances with patients waiting inside, A&E units, and ICUs full.


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We all know health resources are limited and there are waiting lists and prioritised patients at the best of times - but what are the protocols in the current pandemic?

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For someone like me who is considered "others," the road ahead for 2021 could be rocky.

Did the government ask care homes to raise the issue of DNR agreements with vulnerable patients back at the beginning of the pandemic? What is the government's advice to healthcare professionals involved in triage and similar decisions? I believe that it can't be left to individuals or even individual health authorities.

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