Ipswich: Inquest to hear details of death of patient placed on controversial Liverpool Care Pathway at Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital in Heath Road

Ipswich Hospital in Heath Road - Credit: Archant

AN inquest will open tomorrow to examine the death of an elderly woman, put on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) at Ipswich Hospital.

Marion Bryce-Smith, 93, of the Thoroughfare, Woodbridge was admitted to Ipswich Hospital in January last year following a fall at home.

Mrs Bryce-Smith suffered two further falls while at the Heath Road trust - the second of which resulted in an inoperable bleed to her brain.

A spokesman for her family said three days later the 93-year-old was placed on the LCP, end of life care which involves withholding food and drink in the expectation that a patient will die.

Mrs Bryce-Smith died on March 17, 59 days later.


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The inquest will be held at the IP-City Centre in Bath Street, Ipswich.

The hearing is expected to last for two days.

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