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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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You know when there’s a controversy whether to include both sides to the Holocaust in a Texas school district, the culture wars have once again invaded the children’s lives. Similarly, in Southern Pennsylvania, books by people of color were banned (or per the official Central York School statement: “frozen” for an entire year.)

These discussions by the school boards are impacted by the bills passed in government, as in the case of House Bill 3979 requiring public school teachers to present various points of view when teaching about current events and social issues. Often, the impulse to clutch pearls and to “think of the children” is a rhetorical device to further political causes. As the larger climate in a racialized society such as the United States grapple with a history of slavery and the fight for racial justice--with the most current iteration being the black lives matter protests in the summer of 2020--what the children learn in schools have become a new battleground for those who land on opposing sides of this culture war.

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