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Daughters blame filth for Ernie's death

PUBLISHED: 11:40 29 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:33 03 March 2010

FILTHY conditions on a hospital ward led to an elderly man dying from an infection, his devastated daughters claimed today.

Grieving Eve Rumsby and Jenny Townes are convinced that if their dad Ernie Smith hadn't gone into Ipswich Hospital, he would still be alive today.

FILTHY conditions on a hospital ward led to an elderly man dying from an infection, his devastated daughters claimed today.

Grieving Eve Rumsby and Jenny Townes are convinced that if their dad Ernie Smith hadn't gone into Ipswich Hospital, he would still be alive today. They say he even had to clean the toilet floor himself.

But the hospital today strongly denied its wards are filthy.

They spoke out about their family tragedy and 'exhausting' battle for the truth and to get changes made, after the Evening Star revealed the hospital's death rates following emergency surgery were slightly higher than the national average, with three out of every 100 patients dying.

See tonight's Evening Star for full story…

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