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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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Peta and Staffies: Why the call to eradicate the breed has to end

Peta has called for Staffordshire Bull Terriers to be sterilised, claiming it's the best thing for the breed. But shouldn't the focus be on irresponsible owners, not the dogs?

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Once again Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) - a charity that claims to protect animals, is pushing for Staffordshire Bull Terriers - a loyal, loving family dog, to be eradicated.

In 2018, during a government consultation of the Dangerous Dog Act 1991, the charity called for Staffies to be added to it claiming, at the time, that it was, 'best for the dog.' If they had been, it would have made it illegal to own the breed in the UK.

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The challenges of summertime parenting - from brain freeze to sandy cars

The best time of year to be a parent, just don't forget sunscreen

I love the sun more now than I ever did because parenting gets a bit easier in nice weather. But of course, the lighter nights and sunshine bring their own challenges too.

My four-year-old says the only thing he doesn't like about summer is brain freeze, which indicates how many ice lollies are consumed in this house. I made my own last summer from sugar-free cordial and may have to do the same again this year because they requested ice lollies for breakfast and haven't stopped asking.

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