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On Sunday 21 August, Victoria Prentis MP joined thousands of people in support of the Horton General Hospital. Members of the public united with local elected representatives and campaign groups, including the Keep the Horton General (KTHG), to protest against proposals to downgrade vital services. Those attending managed to join hands around the whole perimeter of the hospital, showing great support for their much-loved local hospital.

The protest took place following a statement released by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, detailing a contingency plan to downgrade the Horton maternity unit in September if it fails to recruit enough obstetricians.

Victoria commented: “I was absolutely thrilled to see thousands of people joining hands around the Horton and reaching all the way around the hospital perimeter. It was a brilliant show of support and the people of Banbury once again demonstrated just how much they value the vital services the Horton provides. Now, more than ever, we need our local hospital, and I really hope that Sunday’s protest makes the Trust rethink its plans.

We must continue to fight to keep the Horton General Hospital as we know it today.”

Following yesterday’s protest, a Q&A event will be held on Thursday 25 August, at St Mary’s Church in Banbury. The event will start at 7pm and will give members of the public an opportunity to ask questions to panellists, including representatives from Keep the Horton General, the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Oxford University Hospitals Trust. Victoria encourages everyone to submit their questions to victoria.prentis.mp@parliament.uk by Wednesday 24 August.