Leading campaigner Julie Bailey has led calls for the resignation of chief executive Sir David Nicholson following the Stafford Hospital scandal.
Mrs Bailey set up the organisation Cure The NHS after her mother, Bella, died at Stafford Hospital in 2007. Speaking while leading protests in Manchester, she said her message to the NHS board today was:
How can we start to cure the NHS when the person who was in charge of those failings is now expected to be in charge of putting it right?
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