Peterborough MP calls on Boris Johnson for investigation into deaths of patients with learning disabilities

The MP for Peterborough called for an investigation into the deaths of patients with learning disabilities who were issued do not resuscitate orders.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 3:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 3:38 pm
MP for Peterborough Paul Bristow EMN-210417-173431009
MP for Peterborough Paul Bristow EMN-210417-173431009

Paul Bristow raised the issue with Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

The Conservative MP referenced the case of Sonia Deleon, who had learning disabilities and schizophrenia, who died in Southend University Hospital of a heart attack after contracting Covid-19.

He said: “Last year, doctors and care settings issued an unprecedented number of do not resuscitate orders to patients with learning disabilities and mental illness. Many were unlawful and caused avoidable deaths. Despite urgent CQC and NHS guidance, shockingly, this practice has continued.

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“Last week, The Telegraph reported that Sonia Deleon died, unresuscitated. Her family said she was given a DNR without them knowing and with her learning disabilities and schizophrenia stated as reasons.
“Does the Prime Minister share my alarm about these cases, which should have no place in our care, and does he agree that they should be independently investigated?”

The Prime Minister replied: “I thank my honourable friend for raising this very sad case with me and I’m sure the whole House will be thinking of Sonia Deleon and her family.

“I think that such decisions on do not resuscitate should be made only in accordance with a decision involving the person concerned and their carers and their families.”