A former Director of Public Health in Manchester and her husband were among the victims of Easter Sunday’s terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka .

Dr Sally Bradley and her husband Bill Harrop who was a retired Greater Manchester Fire Fighter, were staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel when a suicide bomber struck.

The couple, both aged 56, had reportedly been living in Perth Australia since 2013, where Dr Bradley was practising medicine. They had planned to return to the UK soon.

A statement released by her family said: “Dr Bradley was a kind, loyal and hardworking woman that lived for adventure.

Chairman Mr Jim Potter and Raj Jain, Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (which runs Salford Royal and Pennine Acute NHS Trusts), said:

“We are truly shocked and deeply saddened by the awful news of the death of Dr Sally Bradley and her husband Bill Harrop in the Sri Lanka bombings over the weekend. Sally was a well-respected clinician, GP and former director of Public Health in Manchester. Between December 2009 to August 2011, she was Deputy Medical Director for the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and then assumed the role of Medical Director until January 2013, where she made a significant personal and professional contribution to patient safety and public health. We would like to express our sincere condolences to their family for their loss.”

Dr Anton Sinniah, Divisional Clinical Director for Medicine and consultant in respiratory & acute medicine at North Manchester General Hospital, added:

“Sally was a lovely kind individual, extremely approachable and gave so much to the NHS in Manchester during her career. It was a pleasure and privilege to work with her. She will be missed by so many. On behalf of colleagues here at the Trust, our thoughts are with their family, close friends and colleagues.”


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