On Tuesday 20 June, North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis attended the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Board meeting during which the Transformation Programme Phase One consultation report was discussed.

While the meeting was in public, attendees were unable to ask questions. However, Victoria had written to Chief Executive David Smith beforehand to raise a number of points regarding the subsequent consultation process, and how the proposals would be taken forward. Speaking after the meeting, Victoria said:

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to attend the meeting, and to hear the Board discuss the consultation report. A wide range of questions were asked about the process and the findings. While I was disappointed to hear the Board reach the conclusion that the consultation process has been adequate, I remain concerned about the two-phase approach and how proposals will proceed. It is quite clear from the report that there is insufficient support for any of the plans in the north of the county.

“My understanding is that the CCG is now going to look at their proposals again, and carry out some further work to look at their feasibility before they make recommendations which will be considered at the next extraordinary Board meeting on 10 August. They have also commissioned HealthWatch to undertake their own travel survey about the distances people are travelling to get to the Horton and the John Radcliffe. I am worried that this is a case of too little too late. I urge the CCG to keep us updated with progress over the coming weeks, so we have a better understanding of the way forward before any final decisions are made in August.”