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CELEBRITY Rustie Lee has welcomed new Government rules to ensure families are consulted over end-of-life care - days after highlighting her mother's treatment.

Eugenie Edwards, 87, was admitted to Birmingham's City Hospital with a chest infection but was put on the Supportive Care Pathway without her daughter's permission.

The SCP involves withdrawing medication and is adapted from the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway, where all food and liquid is withdrawn.

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"It is not that we are against it, but it was the fact that we had not been spoken to about it. I hope that these new rules will now help other people out there who may not have had a voice before."

Following Mrs Edward's readmission to hospital, the family has been fully consulted on her care by medics, Rustie added.

Mrs Edwards is currently in a comfortable condition, after being diagnosed with heart and kidney failure.

Rustie explained.

"When mum came back into hospital the doctors spoke with us about what course of action to take, which is what we wanted when she was originally brought in.

"She is on a care plan and we know exactly how much medication she will be receiving as a result. It is amazing how different our experience has been since our story was first highlighted in the Birmingham Mail."


Giving people a voice: Rustie Lee and mum Eugenie Edwards. Below our front page last Wednesday.
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