VICTORIA PRENTIS MP WELCOMES HOSC REFERRAL OF OXFORDSHIRE TRANSFORMATION PROGRAMME PHASE ONE CONSULTATION

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North Oxfordshire MP has welcomed the unanimous decision by the Oxfordshire Joint Health & Overview Scrutiny Committee’s to refer the Oxfordshire Transformation Programme Phase One consultation to the Secretary of State. The referral came at the end of an all-day meeting at County Hall, during which HOSC members heard from Victoria Prentis MP, Witney MP Robert Courts, Banbury High Steward and former MP the Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry and the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester. Statements were also made by numerous members of the Keep the Horton General campaign group, Cherwell District Council and representatives from Healthwatch Oxfordshire.

In her own remarks, Victoria made clear that the people of North Oxfordshire are “anxious about the future of our hospital, frightened about the current safety of mothers and babies and angry about process.” She went on to address each in turn.

Speaking after HOSC’s decision to refer, Victoria said: “It is said that adversity draws people together. Nowhere was that more apparent than at today’s meeting where every person who spoke did so to express their frustration, dismay and opposition to the Clinical Commissioning Group’s Phase One consultation. The CCG Board now finds itself meeting on Thursday to decide on its proposals, yet there are three ongoing referrals to the IRP relating to the consultation, as well as an existing application for judicial review brought by five local councils. Against this background, I urge the CCG to pause any decisions until they are able to present us with a clear and full vision for health services in our area, and can reassure us that they have considered all proposals on the table particularly Cherwell District Council’s Banbury Health Campus concept.”