Demand for answers in care home tragedy

A DISTRAUGHT brother and sister are today demanding answers after their mother choked to death at an Ipswich care home.

A DISTRAUGHT brother and sister are today demanding answers after their mother choked to death at an Ipswich care home.

The siblings spoke out after the coroner at an inquest into Florence Smith's death admitted he was “deeply troubled” to hear only one member of staff working at the home that day had basic first aid training.

The 88-year-old choked on a sandwich at the Sanctuary Care-owned Shaftesbury House in Cowper Street and suffered brain damage before dying at Ipswich hospital 11 days later.

Mrs Smith's son Fred, 64, and daughter Rosie Jay, 53, have vowed to study the coroner's report before deciding upon what action to take.

Mr Smith said: “You pay all this money and you think they are going to be well looked after, but when it came to it she wasn't.

“I would like to think it would never happen to anybody else.”

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