NMC comments on the CQC's "Protect, respect, connect – decisions about living and dying well during COVID-19" report

Published on 18 March 2021

Matthew McClelland comments on the Care Quality Commissions report.

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) final report "Protect, respect, connect - decisions about living and dying well during COVID-19Matthew McClelland, Executive Director of Strategy, Insight at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said:

"Covid-19 has meant health and care professionals have been under incredible pressure to make urgent, complex decisions in challenging situations.

“But as today’s report rightly highlights, there's simply no excuse for do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions to be made without people's involvement and their individual needs considered. The report amply demonstrates the impact on people and their families of getting this wrong and that should concern all of us.

"In our joint statement with the General Medical Council (GMC) we made it very clear the people on our register must practise in line with the NMC Code and follow the principles of person-centred and individualised care.

"We welcome the report's recommendations, which will help to support professionals to involve people better in DNACPR decisions and advance care planning.

"The people on our register have a vital role to play in providing safe, kind, person-centred care. We all have a responsibility to learn from this report, and to support professionals to speak up about inappropriate decision-making when it happens together we can all make a difference."


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