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Commissioner’s response to Healthcare Inspectorate Wales review of Do Not Attempt CPR decisions

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Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:

“Clinical decisions relating to Do Not Attempt CPR (DNACPR) are often very difficult for patients and their loved ones, and the ways in which these decisions are made can seem unclear and difficult to understand, particularly during times of crisis. That’s why timely, sensitive and informed discussions about DNACPR are vitally important.1

“I therefore welcome the findings of Healthcare Inspectorate Wales’ review of DNACPR decisions in Wales, which shine an important light on areas where improvements are required, particularly the need for more opportunities and support for staff training and greater consistency in the way that these decisions are discussed, recorded and shared.

“While the review did find examples of good practice and highlights the compassion and dedication of many staff providing care and support to people at the end of their lives, which is positive, it is clear that action is required throughout Wales to tackle the issues identified.

“I look forward to seeing the impact of the action that will be delivered through improvement plans developed in response to the review, which is important to help ensure people have the information they need and their rights are upheld.”


1 The Commissioner’s DNACPR Information Hub provides key information about Do Not Attempt CPR decision and connects older people and their families to help, advice, support and useful resources.

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