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From Ward to Whitehall: the Disaster at Mid Staffs Hospital [Kindle Edition]

Julie Bailey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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When Julie Bailey took her Mother, Bella, into Mid Staffs Hospital in September 2007 she had no idea that her life was about to change forever. Over the next eight weeks she would witness shuch shocking neglect and abuse of elderly, vulnerable patients that the memories would haunt her for the rest of her life. And over the next five years she would uncover a culture of deceit and denial going right to the top of the NHS. From Ward to Whitehall is the story of Julie s fight for the truth to be uncovered about the deadly failings at Mid Staffs Hospital and her struggle to ensure that the tragedy would never be repeated.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3286 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Julie Bailey; 1 edition (14 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7V8N7O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book was very badly written. There was a lack of punctuation, people being introduced when they had just been mentioned three pages earlier (see pages 57 and 60). Also, a subject would be introduced then would go off track for a couple of pages before coming back to the subject (see page 243 to 245). However the most annoying aspect was the personal attacks on virtually everyone who crossed paths with the writer such as 'scruffy looking', 'a nose that is a bit large for her face', 'stinking of hair get and cheap aftershave', 'an oily type'. This did not endear me to the writer. The days on the ward seemed to be filled with hours spent looking for staff whilst on nights the patients couldn't sleep for the noise the staff made. I have no doubt there were problems at Mid Staffs and the battle with management and the powers that be were predictable. A book needed to be written but this is not it. Interesting that it is self published.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ward to whitehall 26 Oct. 2013
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Subject matter made me feel despair, however not a well written read it was quite tedious laboured did not do Julie,s storey justice in the telling
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A horrible time, but alot of us still care! 30 July 2013
By ana
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I am currently training as a student nurse although this is a harrowing tale and something that i will remember and take into account throughout my career i would like to say i have worked in some amazing wards and had the pleasure of working and learning under some great people. Yes we cannot deny some terrible things happened at this hospital but i want people too know there are many more caring nurses, doctors, HCA's and other healthcare workers who do care and want to help build back up the great image NHS myself and fellow students included
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and gritty book 19 Dec. 2014
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A raw and gritty account of an ordinary woman who finds herself unexpectedly watching her mum and other innocent people subjected to the cruelty and neglect meted out by so-called carers in the NHS and let down by a system which isn't tailored to the needs of the patient. The helplessness of people who find themselves in this situation is very strongly conveyed. The shock, horror and frustration of discovering that no-one in charge of the NHS wants to hear about these things or do anything to change it is palpable in the pages of the book. She is an incredibly brave woman who sacrificed her reputation and years of her life to selflessly fight for decent and deserved care for all patients from doctors and nurses in the NHS. Everyone in Britain should read this book as anyone could find themselves in the same situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nurse who cares 26 Sept. 2014
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As a nurse I feel it hard to accept that care or lack of care could be carried out whatever the staffing. I believe care and time is free and if a nurse can not provide this their is a failing. I see shortages everyday but that does not excuse poor care communication and people thinking they hold all power looking down on patients and their loved ones. But the book is right you see lack of care across the nhs which is sad as it. Should be the best care in the world for all walks of life. Britain set up a first class care system second to none yet we are risking this by becoming to focused on targets instead of people and their basic needs.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The NHS - safe in whose hands???? 13 Feb. 2013
This is a must read for anyone with concerns about the NHS. The author has writen a detailed, factual and, I believe, accurate account of her experiences trying to help an ailing parent in hospital - and it is horrific!! Neither Labour nor Conservatives emerge with any credit so far in tackling a national institution employing over a million people which is quite obviously not fit for purpose. Whilst Stafford hospital is an appalling case, I am sure there are many other hospitals which are little better.

The author is quite right - only a root and branch cleanout of leadership from the very top stands any chance of changing the culture - and should be instigated immediately.

Without first hand knowledge you could not possibly invent some of the stories she tells of patients forced to get drinking water from flower vases,nurses using NHS computers to access Ebay (& God knows what else) at night when they should be checking the welfare of their patients or hiding behind health and safety regulations to prevent worried relatives feeding their loved ones.

Where, we ask are all the regulators - those responsible for insuring patients are treated with consideration and dignity? Is anyone in charge? Jerry Robinson was absolutely right - we need brilliant, dedicated leaders at the very top to start instilling a compassionate and caring culture - one which puts the patient first, second and third. Leaders for whom it is a vocation - not just a very financially rewarding sinecure! This is an institution run, primarily, for the benefit of those employed.

Of course there are some wonderful, dedicated people in the NHS - Angels as she terms them - but in many hospitals they must find it extremely difficult to accept the attitudes and behaviour of their colleagues.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving 10 Feb. 2013
By George
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This is a deeply moving story of a woman's experience, her devastating experience of institutional callousness and casual cruelty by her NHS hospital, certain staff and managers. It is also the story of a determined pursuit of justice and change for the better of all the people responsible for contributing to her mothers mistreatment and that of many, many others.

A powerful example of an individual gathering a group of people with similar experiences and saying "enough!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
terrible report BUT had to be written and read
Published 2 months ago by Joan Cooke
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor presentation of an important story. It should have been better...
This account is so badly written that reading it is a painful struggle, and that's a pity because she deserves to be listened to. Badly written? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr. V. Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars one person journey. not a true reflection!! ...
one person journey . not a true reflection !!!
Published 13 months ago by ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars It puts the NHS in such a bad light when there are so many things that...
Her is experience was horrendous but I feel she has discredited so many of the staff who cannot do enough for their patients. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a well written account of harrowing events by ...
This is a well written account of harrowing events by the daughter of patient who was caught up in the problems at Mid Staffordshire Hospital. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dr. Peter Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for friend
Cannot comment on this book as was bought for a friend as a request. It arrived well packed and very quickly.
Published 16 months ago by Lavinia
5.0 out of 5 stars shocking
To hear the full extent of the neglect at Mid Staffs was horrifying. I often read with tears in my eyes and what those patients and their loved ones had to endure. Read more
Published 18 months ago by lisa punter
5.0 out of 5 stars a heart breaking read.
juile was my boss a few years ago so was interested to read the is book as i rembered his her mother bella. this book was heartbreaking, both for julie, and her family. Read more
Published 22 months ago by carol lynne griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
As an nhs worker myself I was encouraged to read this by my manager . It was hard to put it down somewhat differcult reading, it has helped me understand that the patients... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amy
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