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CPR decision making: why Winspear needs to be challenged?
  1. Rosemarie Anthony-Pillai
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rosemarie Anthony-Pillai, Harefield Hospital, Hill End Road, Harefield UB9 6JH, UK; roseap{at}


This is a personal view about the recent high court decision around cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This opinion identifies that the judge failed to recognise the statutory role given to clinicians in identifying when a treatment is life sustaining. In failing to recognise the role of the clinician, the ruling in Winspear risks the likelihood of inappropriate CPR attempts.

  • Capacity
  • Legal Aspects
  • Decision-making
  • End-of-life
  • Ethics

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