Son calls for murder enquiry following mother's death from 'hospital negligence'
3rd December 2013
A son is demanding the police conduct a murder enquiry into the death of his mother in Edinburgh Western General Hospital.
Peter Tullock, 56, commissioned a medical report into the care of his 83-year-old mother Jean, who was admitted to the hospital with a urinary tract infection but died after being put on the Liverpool Care Pathway without relevant parties providing appropriate consent.
During her three-and-a-half weeks in hospital, Jean received just one day’s worth of calories, and although the medical report puts ‘end-stage dementia’ as her official cause of death, it noted the lack of food she received was a contributory factor in her death.
The independent report said Jean’s treatment was “unlawful” and “negligent”. Mr Tullock asked for his mother to be taken off the Liverpool Care Pathway, arguing she was lucid and able to communicate and smile, but she died two weeks later.
Mr Tullock’s lawyers have also begun claiming medical negligence compensation from the local health board. Mr Tullock said he is now convinced that his mother received negligent treatment in hospital, and said that “a few prominent convictions” could prevent other people from experiencing similar mistreatment.
NHS Lothian said it would be inappropriate to comment on this case.
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