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Joan George's family speak of 'relief' after inquest

The family of a pensioner have described their 'relief' after the inquest into her death finally concluded.

Joan George died in the late evening of 28 September 2016 after she choked on a sandwich at Abbey Court Care Home in Bourne.

Mandy George, Mrs George's mother in law and wife to her son Graham, was speaking after jurors concluded the three day inquest into her death at the Cathedral Centre in Lincoln on Wednesday.

Joan George (8104656)
Joan George (8104656)

In giving their narrative verdict, they said there were 'inadequacies of training, inadequacies of record keeping' and that general practices and procedures were 'not robust enough.'

"It's a bit of a relief that we have got a bit of justice for Joan," said Mandy, from Market Deeping.

"There were major issues.

"We wish she had died more peacefully as her final moments were not very peaceful and we have got to live with that.

"She shouldn't have had to lose her life for improvements to be made."

Mandy said the family were now 'considering their options' after the inquest.

Joan, a housewife who was a devoted wife to Frank, was born in Larne, Northern Ireland on November 28 1942.

Frank was in the RAF and moved from base to base during his service while Mrs George stayed at home and brought up her son, Graham and daughter Sharon Scott.

She also had four grandchildren.

Mandy added: "Joan enjoyed knitting and baking and was just what you expected a mum to be.

"She looked after her family and her home and was so loving and caring."

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