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Doctors murdered my mother, says son of woman ‘starved to death’ on Liverpool Care Pathway as he calls for police inquiry
- Peter Tulloch claims his mother’s death was the result of ‘unlawful’ care
- The 83-year-old died in March after going without food for up to 30 hours
- Her son is urging police to launch a murder inquiry following an independent report
- A Crown Office spokesman said they were ‘considering the facts’ of the controversial case
PUBLISHED: 10:39 GMT, 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:11 GMT, 25 November 2013
The son of an elderly hospital patient who was ‘starved’ by doctors on the Liverpool Care Pathway has demanded a murder inquiry into his mother’s death.
Peter Tulloch believes the death of his mother, Jean Tulloch, was the result of ‘negligent’ and ‘unlawful’ care at the hands of doctors at the Western General hospital in Edinburgh.
The 56-year-old has urged police to take action after an independent medical report found Mrs Tulloch had gone without food or water for up to 30 hours in the weeks before her death.
Jean Tulloch, 83, died in March after being placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway at Edinburgh’s Western General hospital
The widow was left without food or water for up to 30 hours by doctors who provided ‘unlawful’ and ‘negligent’ care, according to the independent report
The care-home resident died aged 83 in March after being admitted to hospital with a urinary tract infection.
An investigation was launched into her death earlier this year by the Crown Office after her son raised concerns about the standard of care provided by doctors on the Liverpool Care Pathway.
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However an independent medical report found ‘the starvation diet’ implemented by doctors on what Mr Tulloch describes as ‘the death pathway’ directly contributed to his mother’s death.
‘I have called for a murder inquiry to be opened into this now.
It is claimed the 83-year-old went without food or water for up to 30 hours without her legal guardian’s permission
‘As far as I’m concerned this is proof that my mum was neglected in hospital,’ said Mr Tulloch, a London Underground systems engineer.
‘I was worried that my mother was not being fed at the time and raised the issue in formal complaints which were not treated properly.
‘No attempt to feed her was ever made. She was let down by the NHS and I want answers.
‘Doctors and nurses should face stiff penalties for neglect. A few prominent convictions would concentrate people’s minds and prevent a lot of the abuse that has been exposed recently.’
Mr Tulloch claims staff at the hospital put his ailing mother on the Liverpool Care Pathway without proper consent, and ignored his rights to make decisions on her behalf as her legally appointed welfare guardian.
In the weeks before her death, it is alleged doctors detached a drip providing Mrs Tulloch with vital fluids without her son’s permission.
The report comes as both the Scottish and UK Governments look to introduce harsher punishment for doctors found guilty of wilful neglect.
Mrs Tulloch, a retired nurse, was admitted to hospital in March with a urinary tract infection.
Though doctors were able to stabalise her condition, her family was told she had only three weeks to live.
But Mr Tulloch claims when he visited his mother at the Edinburgh hospital she was ‘far from dying’.
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