MP CALLS ON FELLOW PARLIAMENTARIANS TO HELP SAVE THE HORTON

North Oxfordshire MP, Victoria Prentis, has written to all her Parliamentary colleagues with nearby constituencies to encourage them to get behind the Save the Horton campaign. Members of Parliament include: Rt Hon David Cameron (Witney); Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire); Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford on Avon); Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West & Abingdon); Andrew Smith (Oxford East); John Howell (Henley); Rt Hon Ed Vaizey (Didcot & Wantage); Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC (Kenilworth & Southam); and the Speaker of the Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow (Buckingham).

Victoria said: “Before Parliament rose for the summer recess, I had a number of helpful and reassuring conversations with colleagues about the Trust’s plans for the Horton General Hospital. However, given recent developments I was keen to ensure that all those MPs whose constituents use the Horton are up to speed. So far, the responses have been positive. I am hoping to arrange a meeting with fellow MPs, the Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group towards the end of August; it will provide an opportunity for us to question those in decision-making positions. It is particularly important for the Trust to understand that the decisions they are taking affect not only the residents of North Oxfordshire, but also people in a large surrounding area.

The Horton is a vital lifeline to hundreds of thousands of people; I will continue to do all that I can to ensure it remains the general hospital it is today.”