A Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman said:
The trust policy states explicitly that in most cases patients should be informed of any clinical decision not to attempt resuscitation. We do discuss cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) decisions with patients and/or their relatives where we feel there is a genuine choice to be made – that is when we think that it could be successful, but even then the patient may not want CPR to be attempted. Our policy emphasises that, where there is a real, and difficult choice to be made, the patient's view is of paramount importance.The spokesman further explained:
However we may feel that to attempt CPR would be medically futile, and that there is no real decision for the patient or their relatives to make. Even then, we now recommend that most patients should be told, as part of the process of keeping them informed about the seriousness of their condition. For some patients, for example those who know that they are approaching the end of their life, information about interventions that would not be clinically successful would be unnecessarily burdensome and of little or no value. Such patients could be distressed by receiving what could appear to be unnecessary and unhelpful information, in the same way that we would not talk about an operation or other treatment that would not help them.