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Julie Dawn Bailey CBE was a central figure in the Stafford Hospital scandal.
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She was born in Stafford but moved to Wales in 1983 before moving home to care for her mother.
Her mother Bella Bailey, who was 86, was admitted to Stafford Hospital in September 2007 with an enlarged hernia and died there on 8 November 2007.
She helped to form an organisation, Cure the NHS, which successfully campaigned for a public inquiry into the failings at the hospital. She ran a dog grooming parlour and a small cafe, Breaks, in Lichfield Road in the centre of the town which became the headquarters of the campaign. She and her supporters plastered the walls with photographs of dozens of elderly men and women – husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters – they claimed had died unnecessarily at the hospital because of lack of care.
She was nationally praised for her determination to shine a light on the failings of the Trust. In Stafford some people have blamed her for a planned downgrade of the town’s hospital. She says she suffered abuse in the streets, desecration of her mother’s grave, and was hounded out of her home in Stafford. However police dropped the investigation into the alleged harassment claim as they could not find sufficient evidence.
In 2012 Bailey authored a book called "From Ward to Whitehall: the Disaster at Mid Staffs Hospital", the story of her fight for the truth to be uncovered about the deadly failings at Mid Staffs Hospital and her struggle to ensure that the tragedy would never be repeated.
Bailey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours. She received abuse during and subsequent to her campaign, particularly through the Support Stafford Hospital Facebook page.
On 9 April 2014, Bailey was named as the second most powerful woman in Britain by The Independent newspaper and in the BBC Woman's Hour power list 2014.