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NHS campaigner 'delighted' by Mid-Staffs charges

An NHS campaigner behind the group that exposed poor standards at Stafford Hospital says she is 'delighted' by the decision to bring criminal charges against Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust over the deaths of four elderly patients.

Julie Bailey Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Julie Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital.

"This should have happened long ago. Had charges been brought earlier lives might have been saved."

– Julie Baker

The charges, brought by the Health and Safety Executive, relate to alleged health and safety breaches in relation to the deaths of the elderly patients between October 2005 and May 2014.

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Mid Staffs to face charges over four patients' deaths

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust - which ran the former Stafford Hospital - is to face criminal charges over the deaths of four patients, with one as recent as last year.

The charges, brought by the Health and Safety Executive, relate to alleged health and safety breaches in relation to the deaths of the elderly patients between October 2005 and May 2014.

The trust was embroiled in one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NHS when it emerged that thousands of patients had died unnecessarily at the former Stafford Hospital, which is know called County Hospital.

The trust is due to appear before Stafford Magistrates on 4 November, with the charges relating to the deaths of:

  • Patrick Daly, 89, who died on 13 May 2014;
  • Edith Bourne, 83, who died on 22 July 2013;
  • Ivy Bunn, 90, who died on 6 November 2008, and;
  • Lillian Tucker, 77, who died on 21 October 2005

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Stafford Hospital campaigner's fight to protect nurses

Ms Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after the death of her mother at Stafford Hospital. Credit: PA

One of the key figures in the fight for an inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is in Westminster today.

Julie Bailey is demanding the Health Secretary reverses a decision to stop research into safe nursing levels.

The campaigner will personally hand a letter to Jeremy Hunt asking him to continue the study.

Ms Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital.

Whistleblowing review to be published later

A review into whistleblowing in the NHS will be published later, two years after a report found that failings at Stafford Hospital contributed to hundreds of patient deaths.

A general view of Stafford Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It comes after the former chair of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry was asked by the Government last June to consider what action was necessary to protect NHS workers who speak out in the public interest.

Report: Stafford Hospital protestors leave camp

Protestors at Stafford Hospital spent the morning dismantling their camp Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

After 198 nights, protestors at Stafford Hospital have spent the day dismantling their camp and packing up.

They have been campaigning about the restructuring of services which will see emergency surgery moved to Stoke-on-Trent, but they vow to fight on. Wesley Smith reports.

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