Over-70s not resuscitated at care home

MPs have reacted furiously to the news that a care home in Amersfoort does not resuscitate the over-70s unless they have specifically stated they want to continue living.

They have demanded health minister Ab Klink make a statement about the situation and that the health inspectorate get involved.
The 70 limit is ‘serious age discrimination’ which must be ended immediately, the AD quotes Christian Democrat MP Ans Willemse as saying.
Labour (PvdA) MP Agnes Wolbert says the age limit is bizarre. ‘As a care home resident you should assume you get the best possible care, but this does not appear to be the case here,’ she tells the AD.
‘Care homes should always resuscitate unless someone has said they want to be able to die, not the other way round,’ Socialist MP Henk van Gerven tells the AD.
Hans Olgers, the director of the St Pieters en Bloklands Gasthuis care home said people’s records are always consulted if they are in need of resuscitation. He said nursing staff would discuss the issue with residents again.

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