CBE honour for Stafford Hospital fighter Julie Bailey

Two women who exposed appalling care at Stafford Hospital were today recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Campaigner Julie Bailey
Campaigner Julie Bailey

Cure the NHS founder Julie Bailey and whistleblower Helene Donnelly have both received awards.

Ms Bailey has been awarded a CBE for services to the care of older people and Mrs Donnelly an OBE, in recognition of her work to raise concerns and improve care for patients.

The pair were among a long list of recipients including former Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady who gets a CBE for services to women in business, actress Penelope Keith, singer Katherine Jenkins and DJ Pete Tong.

Locally, former Codsall High School pupil Paul Tucker, the former deputy governor at the Bank of England, is to be rewarded with a knighthood. Sir Paul spent more than three decades at the Bank.

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In sport, Birmingham’s Ann Jones, who won Wimbledon in 1969 is awarded a CBE, but Andy Murray and David Beckham were both overlooked for knighthoods.

Other recipients include Mel Evans from Cannock, awarded an MBE for services to Crown Green Bowling and community worker Sylvia Harris, of Wolverhampton, who gets an MBE for supporting the elderly.

Lecturer Dr Simon Cotton from Stourbridge receives the British Empire Medal for services to chemistry and education.

Musical director June Davenhill helped launch Pelsall Ladies Choir in 1963 and is also honoured with a British Empire Medal, while Jayne Leeson, from Cradley Heath, is awarded an MBE for services to people with intellectual disabilities.

Attention was today focusing on Ms Bailey, however. She became the face of a campaign calling for a public inquiry into failings at Stafford after the death of her 86-year-old mother Bella in 2007.

She said today: “Mum would be extremely proud of me and it is to her I dedicate not only this award, but also our continuing struggle for a safer NHS. I could have achieved nothing without the support of Cure the NHS who provide me with the strength to stand up to the ongoing denial and indifference I still face from some.”

Former Stafford Hospital nurse Mrs Donnelly blew the whistle on appalling care at the hospital – which led to hundreds of preventable deaths between 2005 and 2009.

Speaking about her OBE today Mrs Donnelly said: “I’m delighted and really this honour is a recognition for everyone who is trying to genuinely raise concerns and build a more open and honest health service.”

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Comments for: "CBE honour for Stafford Hospital fighter Julie Bailey"

Captain Freedom

Well done to Julie to have the strength and resolve to pursue this cause especially after all the abuse she suffered.

I now hope that the people who were responsible for this debacle get their collars felt for allowing it to happen.

Lest we forget


Well deserved by a brave lady driven out of town by misguided Save Stafford Hospital campaigners. So many townspeople are still in denial about the dreadful conditions suffered by patients at that time. I remain convinced my wife would have died in that hospital if we hadn't got her out. What is worse is that many of the staff who were part of this disaster are still working there. The only way forward is to close it down and start again from scratch.


Good for them for standing up to the union bully-boys.


Totally agree with you - when the truth is out I wonder how much of this appalling care has been hidden by the unions?


Hello everyone, we as a family do not agree with what this woman has done! My wife was in the DGH 2008 for a colon cancer operation and we cannot fault the care given to all of us. I too was admitted in 2010 for a major operation and again cannot faukt their care. YES there were problems at our hospital as there are/were at many other hospitals. All this woman has achieved is the loss/partial loss of hospital services for the people of Stafford, unnecessary travelling for patients who would have easily been treated at Stafford before all this. It makes a total mockery of the honours system to award someone who has all but closed our hospital and cleared off to live somewhere else!


This woman has forced job losses and closure to children's ward and the main maternity ward which had NOTHING with the problems as there untouched a true scandal and now she's cleared off to another area a right joke good riddance to her!


Brilliant news and well deserved, what she went through to get the truth out , but we must never forget the lost ones

or the ones that let it happen


The public sector bureaucrats displaying their usual tolerance and compassion at being held to account:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2531989/Hate-campaign-gong-NHS-whistleblower-helped-expose-Mid-Staffs-hospital-scandal.html

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