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"Warmest congratulations" offered to Julie Bailey by Stone councillors in wake of New Year Honour backlash

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

"Warmest congratulations" offered to Julie Bailey by Stone councillors in wake of New Year Honour backlash

Councillor Philip Jones

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STONE councillors are set to send a letter of congratulations to Cure the NHS founder Julie Bailey on receiving a New Year honour – despite an online backlash against the gong.

At last night’s Stone town council meeting chairman Philip Jones proposed that the council “send our warmest congratulations” to the former Stafford café owner.

Fellow councillors backed the motion, but now face a challenge to send their letter as no-one in the chamber knew of her present address.

Ms Bailey founded the Cure the NHS group to expose failings at Stafford Hospital in the wake of her mother Bella’s death there in 2007.

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She was awarded the CBE last week for services to the care of older people. Gnosall nurse Helene Donnelly, who turned whistleblower because of her concerns about care at Stafford Hospital, was given an OBE for services to the NHS.

Many people took to Facebook and Twitter last week to offer their congratulations, but many more have hit out at the decision to give Ms Bailey an honour in the wake of Stafford Hospital’s current issues, including the battle to save acute services and retain and recruit staff.

There was strong debate on the honour on the Newsletter’s Facebook page earlier this week.

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