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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Cure The NHS; 1 edition (8 Nov. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 095738260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957382602
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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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? well, commas fired in a scattergun approach so they don't appear when needed but get in the way when they're used inappropriately; very odd capitalisation of proper nouns; absence of apostrophes; and some sentences simply can't be understood no matter how hard one tries to read them. She keeps introducing people you haven't met, or reviving people (first names only) last met fifty pages previously. And there's far too many irrelevant personal descriptions 'a satin suit far too tight,' 'greasy hair,' etc., hat add nothing and would give anyone unsympathetic a few cheap points to score. This makes it difficult to persist with, because you're forever having to sort the wood from the trees.

It's obvious that this book has been self-published, and I can't help wondering why - and whether the fact of self-publication serves to emphasise any doubt that her detractors might wish to cast. After all, she's got an important story to tell, so why couldn't she get a regular publisher - who would of course have taken her text and given it the good copy-editing it needs; as it is, it reads as if she's dictated it and it's been copied by someone who can't write half-decent English. I'm trying not to be a mealy-mouthed pedant here - I'd make the point that if you've got a controversial story to tell, you shouldn't give your detractors any potential ammunition. Also, a good editor would have stopped her speculating on the motivations of the staff who ill-treated the patients; a straightforward declarative account would have been more powerful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By colcon on 11 July 2013
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....when they practised to deceive. According to the author, lying was the least of it - how about wilful neglect, calculated cruelty, physical assault etc.

Whether this book is well written or not - it actually is - is beside the point. Julie Bailey had the guts, tenacity and a burning desire for justice when she, and a few others, decided to 'blow the whistle' on what was happening at Mid-Staffs hospital. Here she sets out what happens after her mother is admitted and it's not for the faint-hearted. She uncovers an institution that seems to be rotten to the core - from a thuggish porter, to some couldn't-care-less nurses, arrogant doctors and self-serving management; not to mention a further network of nasties in the guise of local MPs, GPs, board members etc. etc. Of course there ARE many good people connected with the hospital BUT they daren't speak out and a culture of 'me first' prevails.

It's all literally terrifying stuff, but can it really be the gospel truth or the exaggerations of an embittered individual? The Francis Inquiry report points to the former not the latter.

It may be a book about one hospital but it also serves as commentary on humanity in general. People tend to go with the flow and only a few brave souls dare to differ - after all 'whistleblowers' are never popular, especially if they expose part of the community they live in.

Julie Bailey deserves a medal for bravery whilst some others in the book deserve a prison sentence. Naturally the 'establishment' will see that never happens.
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ana on 30 July 2013
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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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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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