Police fail to identify offenders
Friday 23rd August 2013, 12:31PM BST.
A police inquiry into alleged offences committed against a health campaigner who highlighted failings at a scandal-plagued hospital has been unable to identify those responsible.
Staffordshire Police said it had finished detailed inquiries into offences reported by Cure the NHS founder Julie Bailey, whose mother Bella died at Stafford Hospital in 2007.
Ms Bailey, who battled to expose hundreds of needless deaths at the hospital, moved out of Stafford earlier this year following the desecration of her mother’s grave.
The campaigner believes the threats made against her by some local people, which also included on-line abuse, were politically-motivated.
Officers from Staffordshire Police, which will reopen its inquiry if new evidence comes to light, are still appealing for information.
In a statement issued by the force, a police spokesman said: “After seeing media reports about alleged incidents, we immediately contacted Ms Bailey to get further information.
“Detectives were made aware of a number of issues, including damage to flowers and vases at her mother’s grave.
“Clearly, such offences are completely unacceptable.
“We began an investigation which involved taking witness statements, carrying out inquiries at incident locations and examining CCTV footage.
“We’ve now finished our detailed inquiries and, at this stage, we have not been able to recover evidence which could help us identify offenders.”
A public inquiry into ”appalling” failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which published its final report in February, found that hundreds of patients were mistreated at the trust between 2005 and 2009.
Previous reports into the Trust estimated that as many as 1,200 patients may have died needlessly while in its care.
Administrators recommended last month that the Trust should be dissolved and some services at Stafford Hospital should be cut.
In a statement to the Press Association, Ms Bailey said she was disappointed people had seen fit to abuse her for attempting to bring to light problems in the NHS.
“One of the biggest problems at Mid Staffordshire is still the denial about what happened and that is what’s led to me being abused,” she said.