RELATIVES BEREAVED BY THE DISASTER AT STAFFORD HOSPITAL CONDEMN WARWICK NORTH MP MIKE O’BRIEN FOR TREATING THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES WITH DISDAIN WHEN HE KEPT THEM OUT IN THE COLD FOR FOUR HOURS
CURE THE NHS (CTNHS) is the campaigning group which brought the disaster at Stafford Hospital to public notice; all of its members lost loved ones at the hospital in the last few years. In March 2009 the Healthcare Commission published a damning report into the appalling care at the hospital which had high mortality rates resulting in the loss of some 400 patients, so called ‘excess’ deaths.
Members of the group who had been ignored by O’Brien on a visit to Stafford earlier in February held a vigil outside his office on Friday 19 February in the freezing cold hoping that he would invite them in to talk about his role in setting up the secretive inquiry held into the disaster and due to report soon. Several of the protestors are in their eighties.
While initially agreeing to invite in a delegation of just two of the members he later decided to meet them on the street outside his constituency in the cold night, finishing at 10pm.
Julie Bailey whose mother Bella died in Stafford Hospital in October 2007 after eight weeks of the most atrocious care said “the recent inquiry, designed and set up by Mike O’Brien, has been held in secret and has looked at just the symptoms of the disaster at Stafford, not the causes.
It did not examine how Government ministers and the Department of Health, the regulators, funders, and even the coroner had failed to notice that things were not right over many years.
The only way to stop similar disasters which were unfolding at other hospitals was to was to have a full public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into what happened at Stafford so that the nationwide causes could be identified and put right across the NHS.”
Following the meeting Julie Bailey said;
“Mike O’Brien just doesn’t get it. It’s about more than one hospital causing hundreds of preventable deaths. The problems of the NHS are nationwide, we’re hearing from all sorts of people and groups. Report after report is telling the Government that the NHS is failing many people and yet they continue with their cavalier attitude over patient safety.
The lessons of the Stafford tragedy and the failings which go right to the top of the NHS and the Government can only be learned from a full public inquiry. We haven’t had that. We are not going away until we do. Mike O’Brien can’t spin his way out of his responsibility to address the wider failings of the system and say it’s just one bad hospital. We said this to him before the inquiry and he didn’t listen. We are saying it again now, please do what is right and order a full public inquiry.
He’s been very heartless with us on two occasions now, it’s time he sat down and thought about how he behaves with the public and particularly bereaved people whose loved ones were let down so badly by the Government”.
Contact: Julie Bailey 07708 469 513