NHS FIFE have refuted claims that they have ordered a 'Do Not Resuscitate' policy on patients suffering from coronavirus.

Rumours that staff had been told not to resuscitate people suffering from the virus, as it could lead to spreading, were dismissed.

The medical director of NHS Fife, Dr Chris McKenna, said: “In common with healthcare providers across the UK, NHS Fife performs resuscitation in line with guidance provided by the Resuscitation Council UK.

“There is no policy in place preventing staff from performing resuscitation on patients with Covid-19.

"The care we provide to all patients is person-centred, with any clinical decisions made based entirely on the individual and their particular circumstances.

“A huge amount of work has been carried out over recent weeks to prepare our services for the anticipated increase in demand and enable us to provide the best possible care to those who need it, regardless of whether they have Covid-19 or not.”