The circumstances surrounding the case of Daphne Banks, the woman discovered to be alive in a hospital mortuary, were "very complicated", and were taking longer to investigate than expected, the local health authority said last night.
The Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Commission intended to issue a full statement by lunchtime yesterday. After lengthy meetings it announced the inquiry was inconclusive and any statement would be delayed until tomorrow.
"This case presents a complex set of circumstances which have required detailed fact-finding," said Diana Jakubowska, the commission's head of communication. "The need to establish more information and take further advice means that we are unable to give any other information at this time".
Mrs Banks, 61, who was pronounced dead on New Year's Eve and found to be alive only minutes before she was placed in a sealed body tray, was recovering in Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The epileptic mother of three was saved from death by an undertaker, Ken Davison, 61, who spotted a twitching varicose vein in her leg while he was saying farewell to the woman he knew as a friend.
A hospital spokeswoman said: "Mrs Banks is progressing well …