STV News tonight featured a report on alleged increases in Do Not Resuscitate orders, based on one case. The evidence came from one relative with no comment from the health board to inform the viewer.
There appears to be no scientific evidence of any increase in the use of DNR orders during the pandemic and one Scottish Government spokesperson has been clear:
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about absolutely no change to the use of Do Not Attempt CPR forms in the Scottish NHS and no change to the advice issued to GPs about their use. We always expect medical professionals to act in the best interests of their patients and we have been clear that no one should ever feel pressured in any way whatsoever into giving their consent to a DNACPR form.
Why did this family go the media with the story?
Was any opposition politician involved in grooming the family?
Does the giant flag in the garden suggest anything?