04 December 2007
Woman to sue over father's care
A woman who claims her late father was over prescribed antipsychotic drugs is planning to sue heath executives, the Lancashire Evening Telegraph reports.
Eric Hollingworth, who died recently at the age of 81, had been prescribed the drugs during the last three years of his life after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
The drugs have been used for decades as a way to deal with the behavioural symptoms brought on by the condition.
Mr Hollingworth's family, however, claim that he had been over-prescribed the medication, which had side effects, including respiratory problems.
The case was featured on the BBC's Panorama programme, which focussed on the treatment of dementia patients.
Speaking on the programme, Mr Hollingworth's daughter Cheryl Byrne stated: "The drugs they were giving him made him stand up and sit back down a lot, which they saw as confusion and that made them give him even more."