It seems that doctors in the UK are routinely issuing DNR orders without permission from the patients or their family. Here is the gist of the story:

On one ward, one third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS’s own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were routinely filled in by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.

Action on Elder Abuse, an independent charity, carried out its own analysis of the CQC’s inspection reports (the CQC itself having been less than frank about the implications of its own findings). Its findings uncover widespread evidence that patients are being regularly left to die without any medical intervention, without families knowing that decisions to do so have been taken.

So why are these doctors not being thrown in jail and having their licenses revoked? I’m wondering if the same thing is going on here in the United States, especially for people admitted to the hospital without family or friends knowing about it. How hard would it be to forge a signature and then lie about it asked?