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15 April 2011, 06:00
Margaret Hutchon's funeral takes place later, 3 weeks after she died following surgery at Broomfield Hospital.
The 72-year-old, a former mayor of Chelmsford, had also helped govern the hospital previously.
Mrs Hutchon spent months there last summer after suffering septic shock following a bowel operation last June.
Her husband Jim's told Heart follow up surgery was then put off several times and Margaret had been getting weaker. She finally had the surgery last month but died four days later.
He now wants to know why his wife had to wait so long and whether, had she had the operation sooner, could she still be alive today.
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust has given Heart the following statement:
"The Trust would like to express their condolences to the family of Mrs Hutchon for their sad loss.
"We are unable to make any further comment on this particular case, due to patient confidentiality."
Margaret's funeral takes place at St Mary's Church in Great Baddow at 1.15pm on Friday April 15th.