A PARAMEDIC is being investigated after he allegedly made abusive and threatening comments about a Stafford health campaigner on Facebook.
Murph Guest posted the messages directed at Cure the NHS founder Julie Bailey on the 'We support the front line staff at Stafford Hospital' Facebook group.
In one message he said: “Julie Bailey, I hope you suffer a life threatening illness at night where you have to travel furthur (sic) than you should do because your local hospital is closed (your fault).”
Mr Guest also said Ms Bailey was ‘singlehandedly’ to blame for the media pressure and negative comments about Stafford Hospital and said “she couldn’t care less.”
The comments have since been deleted and Mr Guests Facebook profile closed.
A spokesman from the ambulance service said they were ‘shocked’ by the comments which were reported to them by a member of the trust staff.
“An investigation has been launched to establish if indeed it is a member of staff that has posted these comments,” she said. “The trust is disappointed that anyone would write such comments, especially on a subject as serious as Mid-Staffordshire Hospital.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said they had been made of the Facebook comments.
“We will be making contact direct with Julie Bailey,” he said. “Following which an assessment will be made as to the most appropriate course of action to be taken.”
Ms Bailey formed Cure the NHS in 2007 following the death of her mother at Stafford Hospital.
Both Prime minister David Cameron and Robert Francis QC last week paid tribute to Ms Bailey and the other members of Cure the NHS whose tireless campaigning was a major factor in bringing to light the disaster at Stafford Hospital in the period between 2005 and 2008.