The Government has been sent a petition calling on them to reverse all ‘do not resuscitate’ orders for Covid-19 patients with learning difficulties. There are over 160,000 signatures now, yet the Government haven’t replied. This is unacceptable!
We need to ensure this is no longer ignored so can you please email the Health Minister, Matt Hancock MP?
He will find 160,000 emails hard to ignore!
It would be great if you could also copy in your local MPs and newspapers, so our voices get heard. Please also send your email to your local Bristol MP.
If you are not sure what to say, you can find some suggested wording here
Send your email to: email@example.com with a heading saying End Do Not Resuscitate notices – petition.
The addresses for the four Bristol MPs are the following:
Kerry McCarthy MP (East) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren Jones MP (North West) – email@example.com
Karin Smyth MP (South) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thangam Debbonaire (West) – email@example.com
If doctors have said you have a learning disability, you might want to say something like this instead.
Dear Mr Hancock MP,
You have been sent a petition signed by about 160,000 people. It says you should stop doctors putting Do Not Resuscitate orders on the medical records of people like me and some older people.
This should not be allowed. Only we can know if our life is worth living, even when it has been decided that we are not capable of making decisions.
This is because knowing about medicine is different to knowing what it is like to be me, and whether I would rather be dead than alive.
You have had the petition for some time now and the issue has been in the news but have not replied – not even to let us know what you think about it.
I also thought your website says that petitions with 100,000 signatures, or more, should be discussed in parliament, if possible. But you haven’t told us the government’s decision about this.
We want you to respond to the petition and to let us know if it will be talked about in parliament now.
I will be waiting for your answers.
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