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National Health Action Party to field two West Midlands candidates

Dr Richard Taylor (right) and Dr Clive Peedell launch the National Health Action party which aims to save the NHS Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The National Health Action party has announced that it will field two West Midlands candidates at the next general election.

Karen Howell, a prominent figure in the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign, will stand in the Stafford constituency.

Dr Richard Taylor - the party's co-leader - will try to regain his old seat of Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. He represented the constituency from 2001 to 2010.

The NHA Party says it campaigns to "stop the demolition of our NHS."

Stafford Hospital campaigners write to Health Secretary

Campaigners for Stafford Hospital have invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the paediatric and maternity services Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A group which is campaigning against Stafford Hospital's maternity and paediatric services being transferred next year has sent an open letter to the Health Secretary, asking him to visit the departments.

They say the hospital should be a beacon of healthcare and have asked Jeremy Hunt to personally intervene and stop what they describe as a "rushed and flawed process".

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VIDEO: Staffordshire Police's Chief Constable takes on ice bucket challenge

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday.

Doused by force mascot Kash, the Chief’s feat raised £500 in sponsorship from Police Mutual as well as an initial donation of more than £200 from colleagues across the force.

Money raised for the event will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Association and Macmillan Cancer Support.

F1 legend John Surtees at motorcycle show in Stafford

John Surtees is the guest of honour at motorcycle show in Stafford Credit: Jack Harrison

F1 legend John Surtes will be the guest of honour at the 34th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle show in Staffordshire today.

Motorsport fans have been able to see the British motor sport hero John Surtees alongside some of his most iconic and unique machines at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Surtees' Ferrari 158 which took him to the 1964 F1 championship Credit: Jack Harrison

The Ferrari 158, which took Surtees to the F1 championship in 1964 is one of the main attractions at the show.

The legendary car on display is the only championship winning Ferrari which is not painted red on the orders of Enzo Ferrari after a protest against Italian racing authorities.

The only championship winning Ferrari which was not painted red Credit: Jack Harrison

Surtees' appearance at the annual show is the first in a series of appearances in 2014 to raise funds for the Henry Surtees Foundation. A charity he set up after the tragic death of his son in a Formula Two accident.

The show is on today and tomorrow with guest of honour appearing both days.

Nurses drafted in to help man wards at Stafford Hospital

Twenty nurses will today begin a three-month secondment to help man the wards at struggling Stafford Hospital.

The nurses, from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, have been drafted in to help out as the scandal-hit Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust struggled to find experienced senior nursing staff.

Twenty nurses have been drafted in from elsewhere to help man the wards at Stafford Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The nurses were inducted at the hospital yesterday and begin working on the wards today.

It comes after the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital announced it would open an extra 15-bed ward to help accommodate emergency patients from South Staffordshire to help out.

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NHS campaigner Julie Bailey awarded CBE in New Year Honours

NHS campaigner Julie Bailey has dedicated her CBE to her late mother - whose death promoted a campaign to expose the neglect of patients at Stafford Hospital.

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

Julie Bailey, founder of Cure the NHS Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ms Bailey has been awarded a CBE for her services to the care of older people in the New Year Honours List.

She said: "I am deeply honoured to receive this award as an important acknowledgement of our struggle for a better NHS. I am certain that my mum would be extremely proud of me and it is to her I dedicate not only this award but also our continuing struggle for a safer health service."

Man charged with murdering pensioner on Christmas Day

A man has been charged with murdering a pensioner in Stafford on Christmas Day.

Bernard James Smith, who was 83 and known locally as Jim, died after an incident at the junction of Shakespeare Road and Wordsworth Avenue at around 12:50am.

A post-mortem examination found he had died from multiple chest injuries.

Joseph Nicholas Moscicki, from Wokingham in Berkshire has been charged with murder and failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

The 22-year-old is due to appear this morning at Cannock Magistrates.

Stafford Hospital's future to be outlined

Between 2005 and 2008, hundreds of patients at the hospital died needlessly Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Plans for the future of crisis-hit Stafford Hospital will be outlined later today.

Special administrators appointed by the government to look into the running of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust will publish their final recommendations.

In April an interim report recommended the trust which runs Stafford Hospital and Cannock Hospital should be dissolved.

Former Stafford Hospital nurse guilty of misconduct

A former chief nurse at troubled Stafford Hospital who told a colleague she was a "waste of space" has been found guilty of exposing patients to danger.

Janice Harry failed to make sure there were enough nurses on a number of wards at the hospital including A&E, putting patients at risk, the Nursing and Midwifery Council ruled.

Janice Harry worked at Stafford Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

A disciplinary hearing was told that between 1998 and 2006, she also failed to ensure patients were fed and given water, and failed to protect their dignity and privacy.

The panel will now decide what sanctions to impose on her. She will be reprimanded for telling a colleague she was a "waste of space".

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