Local newspaper's role in exposing Staffordshire NHS scandal

The Iliffe-owned Staffordshire Newsletter played a crucial role in exposing the scandalous lapses in standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

It was a letter to the paid-for weekly by campaigner June Bailey two years ago which started her Cure the NHS campaign. Her mother died at the hospital in November 2007, and her letter prompted 40 responses from others with complaints about treatment.

A Government report yesterday said that 1,200 more people died at the hospital between 2005 and 2008 than would have been expected to.

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