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Coronavirus: 'Frailty score' plan angers special needs parents

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New guidelines for assessing people with coronavirus who go to hospital were amended after an outcry from parents of children with special needs.

The emergency guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are designed to help determine how much treatment a patient will receive.

Those deemed "completely dependent for personal care for whatever reason" will be offered end-of-life care rather than restorative treatment.

This now excludes people with learning difficulties or cerebral palsy.

In a statement NICE said the system was "not perfect" but was designed to support hospital medics "during this very difficult period of intense pressure". "We welcome the recent clarification that the Clinical Frailty Score should not be used in certain groups," it said.

The updated guidelines now state that it "may not perform as well in people with stable long-term disability" and suggests that it is not used in those cases.

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Source: BBC News, 26 March 2020

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