19 December 2019 22:57
The Cure retells the sickening standards of Stafford Hospital that claimed hundreds of lives (Picture: Channel 4) The scandal at Stafford Hospital is one of the most horrific marks on the NHS, with hundreds of patients dying within its walls – and now it's being played out in haunting Channel 4 drama, The Cure. Occurring between 2005 and 2008, the standard of care at the hospital reached new lows as abuse and negligence became commonplace as staff shortages and budget cuts were plied pressure on staff to meet targets. NHS campaigner Julie Bailey finally blew the whistle on the hospital, revealing the extent of the troubles at the hospital following the death of her mum in 2007. The Cure will be told through her eyes, with Sian Brooke playing Julie and Sue Johnston playing, Bella. A report by the Healthcare Commission in 2009 labelled the care at Stafford Hospital, provided by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, as 'appalling' with expected deaths reaching 400 over the typical numbers.
Julie Bailey now runs campaign group Cure The NHS (Picture: Channel 4) Julie's mum Bella (played by Sue Johnston) died in the hospital after lack of care (Picture: Channel 4) The inquiry into the hospital facilities saw 160 witnesses come forward about the standards of care over the two years that followed after Julie blew the whistle. In 2014, the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was dissolved, with Stafford Hospital taken over by a new provider. In March that year, Julie Bailey was awarded a CBE for her services to the care of older people, and she's now running a new activism group called Cure The NHS to stop this happening again. The Cure airs on Channel 4 tonight - here's all about the new one-off drama. The factual drama shares the story of the 2008 Stafford Hospital scandal.
Gradually the pressure of the campaign uncovered the full extent of what was really going on at the hospital, resulting in a public inquiry into the failings. The Curse stars Sian Brooks (Sherlock, The Moorside) as Julie Bailey with Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Downton Abbey) plays Julia's mother Bella Bailey. Hannah Rae (Broadchurch) appears as Julie's daughter Hanna with Tamla Kari (The Musketeers, Britannia) as nurse Helene and Georgie Glen (Silent Witness, Call The Midwife) as Dr Heather Wood. Further casting includes Simon Armstrong as Phillip Jones, Sandra Huggett as Nurse Botham, Ranjit Krishnamma as Mr. Salim, Alex Macqueen as Martin Yeates, Noof McEwan as Mr. Mohindra and Elizabeth Rider as Toni Brisby. The Cure airs on Channel 4 on Thursday, December 19 at 9PM.
"Julie's story is incredibly moving, and whatever I thought I knew about Mid Staffs paled into insignificance the minute I met her and she started talking about what she and her family endured on Ward 11." A new drama that tells the story of the Stafford Hospital scandal airs on Channel 4 tonight. The Cure is based on the inspiring real-life story of Julie Bailey, an ordinary woman who exposed one of the worst hospital care scandals in the history of the NHS. The hospital in Staffordshire made headlines in 2008 when the horrendous neglect of patients came to national attention. Patients were left for hours in soiled sheets, with no pain relief, desperately dehydrated, in filthy wards and routinely ignored by staff. Julie Bailey's 86-year-old mother was one of the patients admitted to Stafford Hospital and she, after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital before she died, she started a campaign to bring to attention all the elderly people that she believed had died because of a lack of care. She founded the campaign group Cure The NHS to expose the major problems at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. But her battle to expose the failings at the hospital came at a price and was the target of a hate campaign which forced her out of her home town of Stafford. The scandal led to the suspension of hospital chief executive Martin Yeates and the resignation of its chairman Toni Brisby. Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust - which ran the hospital - was later dissolved and it now operates under the new name of County Hospital after being taken over by the trust running Royal Stoke University Hospital. Speaking about the new drama earlier this year, Julie said: "What my family went through at Mid-Staffs and our subsequent struggle to be heard must never be forgotten. Chief executive Tracy Bullock said: "The causes of (Ms Bailey's case) were examined by a Public Inquiry led by Sir Robert Francis QC and the publication of his report in 2013 led to a change of culture including a tougher inspection regime by the Care Quality Commission and a duty of candour to patients and their families. The Cure airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm. THE horrific Stafford Hospital scandal is set to be retold in new Channel 4 drama The Cure. Channel 4's The Cure tells the heartbreaking story of the Stafford Hospital scandal Credit: Laura Radford. What happened in the Stafford Hospital scandal? The Stafford Hospital scandal made headlines in 2008 when it came to national attention. Conditions of horrendous neglect saw patients left for hours in soiled sheets, with no pain relief, desperately dehydrated, in filthy wards and routinely ignored by staff. Julie Bailey's 86-year-old mother was admitted to the local county hospital. The level of neglect that she witnessed caused her to start a campaign to bring to attention all the elderly people that she believed had died because of a lack of care. The events of 2008 shocked the nation with the appalling lack of care and conditions and inspired Channel 4's The Cure Credit: Laura Radford. What happened after the Stafford Hospital inquiry? In 2009, a report by the Healthcare Commission laid bare the problems at Stafford, which was run by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. The regulator condemned "appalling" standards of care and reported there had been at least 400 more deaths than expected between 2005 and 2008. It listed a catalogue of failings, including receptionists assessing patients arriving at A&E, a shortage of nurses and senior doctors, and pressure on staff to meet targets. In 2015, Stafford Hospital bosses admitted "very significant" health and safety breaches over the deaths of four elderly patients. The Cure cast: Who stars in the Channel 4 drama based on the Stafford Hospital scandal, and when it's on tonight The 90 minute drama starring Sian Brooks and Sue Johnston will follow Julie Bailey's campaign to expose the hospital The Cure will detail what happened at during an NHS at Stafford Hospital (Photo: Channel 4) The Stafford Hospital scandal will be revisited in a new Channel 4 drama that will tell the story from campaigner Julie Bailey's eyes. Starring Sian Brooks, Sue Johnston and many more, the 90 minute drama will document how Bailey helped to expose Stafford Hospital's failings following the death of her mother Bella in 2007. As a result, a public inquiry was held to investigate the failings of the hospital. However, despite her hard work and determination, Bailey received backlash from Stafford residents who believed she was lying about the hospital. The Cure will tell the story of the Stafford hospital scandal through Julie Bailey's eyes (Photo: Channel 4) The 90-minute drama is based on true events as it charts the scandal at Stafford Hospital which came to national attention in 2008. The years of abuse and neglect, which saw patients left in soiled sheets, dehydrated and a shortage of nurses and senior doctors, resulted in a high number of unnecessary deaths of patients. One of them was Bailey's mum Bella who went into the hospital for a hernia operation. The drama will document how Bailey and her mum experienced first hand the hospital's appalling conditions which led her to help expose the hospital. Viewers will watch how Bailey's Cure The NHS campaign causes divides in the community but ultimately leads to an investigation into the hospital's standards. The Channel 4 drama is based on true life events which saw Julie's mum Bella - played by Sue Johnston - die after being admitted into the hospital for a hernia operation (Photo: Channel 4) Brooks plays the lead role of the Cure the NHS campaigner in the emotional drama. Johnston will be seen in the role of Julie's mum Bella, who goes into Stafford hospital for a hernia operation. Julie's daughter Hanna will also be portrayed in the drama and will be played by actress Hannah Rae. Hannah Rae stars in the drama as Julie Bailey's daughter Hanna (Photo: Channel 4) The actress will be seen in the role of compassionate nurse Helene during the 90 minute drama. Glen will be seen playing the role of one of the doctors at Stafford hospital.