Andrea West death: Norfolk Police not investigating
- 16 July 2013
- From the section Norfolk
Norfolk Police say they are not investigating the death of a 35-year-old woman whose family dispute that she died from cancer.
Andrea West died at Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich last year. An inquest into her death has been opened and adjourned.
Norman Lamb, North Norfolk MP, has said there should be an investigation.
Norfolk Police said the case was subject to a coroner's inquiry and had not been referred to them.
Mrs West's family said the mother-of-six had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and had been placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) end-of-life treatment plan. The Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust disputed that she was on the programme.
Mrs West died on 20 September, five days after being admitted to the hospice for symptom control and for treatment of an infection.
Her family has challenged the original pathologist's report that the cancer killed her.
Two other reports, one commissioned by the BBC, concluded that, on balance, morphine and other drugs caused her death.
A Norfolk Police spokesperson said: "This matter is currently the subject of a coroner's investigation and has not been referred to Norfolk Constabulary for investigation.
"As there is an ongoing legal process it would be inappropriate to comment further".