In October, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) asked the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to review how ‘do not resuscitate’ orders (DNR) were used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health and social care providers have faced extraordinary pressures this year, and the CQC heard some concerns. They are now taking this opportunity to learn from what has happened.

The CQC has published an interim report, which sets out their findings so far and the expectations around DNACPR. The final report will be published early in 2021. They anticipate this will include recommendations on how people can be properly supported in this area and support good practice that protects people’s human rights. Read the interim report now.


The CQC want to hear the experiences of people who have had a DNACPR or had one reviewed, since the start of the pandemic in March.

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