“The last year has been extremely difficult for all of us in North Oxfordshire. The suspension of obstetric services at the Horton General Hospital took us all by surprise, and the Clinical Commissioning Group’s Phase One Transformation Programme consultation has been wholly inadequate. My concerns about both the process and content of the proposals remain. Over 10,000 people responded to the consultation; their views must be taken into account before any final decisions are made. Last week, I wrote to each member of the CCG Board to make this clear, and specifically urged them to pause any decision on the future of the Horton’s maternity service until all recruitment ideas have been exhausted.
Patient safety is of paramount importance. We must also ensure that decisions made in this first phase do not have an adverse impact on the future provision of acute services at the Horton General Hospital. We cannot ignore the potential domino effect. The people of North Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas must have access to care that is safe, kind and close to home.”