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Inquest resumes into LCP death

Marion Bryce Smith died at Ipswich Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

An inquest is due to resume today into the death of a woman from Woodbridge who had been placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway at Ipswich Hospital.

Marion Bryce Smith, 93, survived 59 days after being denied food and water under the regime.

Mrs Bryce Smith was admitted to Ipswich hospital after suffering a fall in January 2011.

The inquest at IP City Centre is expected to last for two days.

The original inquest was adjourned in January when the coroner decided he needed a further medical briefing.

Lamb: Care pathway must improve

Norman Lamb speaks to Daybreak this morning Credit: ITV

Families are to get a legal right to be consulted before patients are put on the "death pathway", it has been revealed.

The move follows the emergence of cases where patients were placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway - which involves withdrawal of fluids and food - without relatives' knowledge.

Health Minister and Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has told Daybreak that he is "obviously very concerned" about reports that the Liverpool Care Pathway has been used without consent.

Under the reforms, being put out for consultation today, health trusts that fail to involve patients and families in decisions could be sued while doctors who ignore their wishes face being struck off.

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