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Doctors told not to prioritise coronavirus over patients with other serious conditions

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Doctors have been reminded not to prioritise coronavirus patients at the expense of others in new ethical guidance backed by royal colleges.

There are increasing concerns that patients are not getting treatment for serious problems, including strokes or heart attacks, because they are afraid to go to hospitals.

The guidelines were drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) amid worries that a shortage of ventilators and beds could force doctors to make difficult decisions on which patients get lifesaving treatment.

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Source: The Times, 2 April 2020

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