Health campaigner Julie Bailey who brought to light failings at Stafford Hospital and called for a public inquiry has been named the second most powerful woman in Britain.
Miss Bailey was number two in the Independent's 10 Most Powerful Women list, behind murdered Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen Lawrence.
Miss Bailey raised concerns following the death of her mother Isabella Bailey. She had been horrified by her treatment in hospital and revealed her plight exclusively to the Newsletter in 2007.
She called for other people who had experienced similar problems to get in touch and was inundated with calls.
It led to her setting up the campaign group Cure the NHS, which prompted a Healthcare Commission investigation and that in turn led to a public inquiry.
Miss Bailey, who used to run a cafe in Stafford town centre, was also awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.