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'Do not resuscitate' patient controversy

Many of us will end up in hospital at the end of our lives, but would we want doctors to attempt to resuscitate or let us pass away peacefully if we suffer a heart attack or stop breathing?

'Do Not Resuscitate' orders are common in hospitals but a recent landmark judgement by the High Court is starting to have profound effects on patient care.

Under the ruling doctors must ask patients and/or their relatives whether they want to be resuscitated.

BBC Inside Out's Chris Jackson talks to doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle about their concerns over patient resuscitation.

He also asks Dr Claud Regnard, a consultant in palliative care, about the implications of the ruling and how it can be "traumatic" for patients and their relatives.

BBC Inside Out is broadcast on BBC One North East & Cumbria on Monday, 20 October at 19:30 BST and nationwide on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

  • 20 Oct 2014
  • From the section England