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Vandals attack grave of Stafford Hospital campaigner's mother

A grieving daughter who took on NHS bosses at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has claimed her mother’s grave has been desecrated by hate campaigners.

Julie Bailey, who campaigned for an investigation at Stafford Hospital
Julie Bailey, who campaigned for an investigation at Stafford Hospital

A grieving daughter who took on NHS bosses at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has claimed her mother’s grave has been desecrated by hate campaigners.

Julie Bailey now refuses to go out on her own in the town where she grew up – and plans to leave because of an angry backlash.

Ms Bailey set up Cure The NHS after witnessing appalling treatment when her mother Bella was admitted to the hospital in 2007 and later passed away, aged 86.

She campaigned for an investigation into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which later found her mum and up to 1,200 other patients had died needlessly.

The campaigner claimed damage had been caused to Bella’s grave over the last six weeks, while she had received a postcard taunting: “It’s about time you kept your mother’s grave tidy ha ha ha’.”

Ms Bailey also revealed she would be leaving Stafford by the end of this summer after also being abused in the street.

She said: “The momentum seems to be growing when I go out onto the streets of Stafford. I won’t go out on my own.

“People come up to me and say ‘It’s not true, you were lying. You brought shame on the town and nobody died.’

“It just drains the strength from you and you’re back grieving again.

“But the one thing I do say is, ‘Have you read any investigations? Did you go to the inquiry?’”

Following the harrowing death of her mother, Ms Bailey vowed to bring those responsible to account. She wrote to the Healthcare Commission and campaigned with other relatives of dead patients.

Her plans now are to seek charitable status for Cure The NHS and funding so she can work full-time on the campaign.

She said the cause would support complainants across the UK and establish similar groups to hold other hospitals to account.

 

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