Timeline: The Stafford Hospital scandal

The campaigners calling for the boss of the NHS to quit are part of a group that was founded because of abuses witnessed in Stafford Hospital. Here is a brief reminder of how the scandal unfolded:

  • November 2007 - Julie Bailey founds the Cure the NHS campaign group after witnessing abuses at Stafford Hospital in the run-up to her mother Bella's death.
  • March 2009 - First report into poor care under Mid-Staffs NHS Trust describes patients being left in pain, lying in soiled bedding and not being given medication.
  • May 2009 - Cure the NHS first pushes for a public inquiry.
  • April 2010 - Cure the NHS movement goes national.
  • November 2010 - Chairman Robert Francis QC opens public inquiry. Hundreds of witnesses are called over subsequent years.
  • February 2013 - Francis Report concludes there was a "failure of the NHS system at every level" and makes 290 recommendations, but does not single out individuals for blame.

Read: Francis Report calls for 'zero tolerance' approach to poor care

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