OAP ‘starved to death’ at Western General hospital

Jean Tulloch died at the Western General. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Jean Tulloch died at the Western General. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A PENSIONER starved to death after being fed just a single day’s calorie intake in three-and-a-half weeks, her family has claimed.

Jean Tulloch’s “starvation diet” was found by a top medical consultant to have “materially contributed to her death” at the Western General.

Hospital bosses officially put her death down to end-stage dementia but a damning report, commissioned by a lawyer acting on behalf of the 83-year-old’s family, has prompted son Peter to demand a murder inquiry.

He claims the decision to put Jean on the Liverpool Care Pathway – a process that accelerates dying by withdrawing food and liquids – killed a woman who was “far from dying”.

The 56-year-old said: “I have called for a murder inquiry to be opened into this now.”

Care home resident Jean died in March 2012, after three weeks in hospital with a urinary tract infection.

NHS Lothian said: “We cannot comment on individual patient cases and as this is now a legal issue, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”