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Court: Doctors wrong on 'Do Not Resuscitate' notice

The widower of a terminally ill hospital patient has won a landmark ruling that her human rights were violated because she was not consulted before a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) notice was placed on her records.

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DNR ruling 'will bring more care to people'

Janet Tracey's husband has welcomed the Court of Appeal's ruling that doctors were wrong to place a "do not resuscitate" order without informing her.

David Tracey, a 66-year-old retired engineer who launched his claimed to put right "a wrong done to Janet", said outside court that the ruling was "a good result".

Patient care has got to come first, and this will bring more care to people.

– David Tracey

A lawyer representing the family said Mrs Tracey's relatives were "delighted that the court has recognised the need for doctors to consult patients on decisions to deny resuscitation".

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