I have contacted the Department of Health about the situation at the Horton, I refer to their reply.
Any consultation on proposed changes to the Horton General Hospital will take place following the development of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (OCCG’s) strategy for health services.
One wonders what these proposed changes will be.
In line with the Government’s commitment to devolve power to communities, decisions about NHS services are essentially a matter for the NHS locally.
People, patients, GPs and councils are best placed to determine the nature of their local NHS services.
The Government believes that health services are best delivered locally, by clinicians working with GPs and patients to provide the highest quality services for local people. So why do people have to travel from the Horton to the John Radcliffe for treatment?
They are clearly failing to deliver.
Mrs MV Berry
As the long awaited report from the Royal College of Surgeons is released to interested parties and the general public – see www.ouh.nhs.uk – I wonder why anyone with a vague knowledge of the Horton’s recent history would be surprised by its contents?
There is no damning indictment within its pages and all the cloak and dagger chutzpah ‘we can’t release the report because of HR reasons’ is proved to be blatant poppycock (since members of staff involved are named!)
So almost nine months of prevarication leads us to a document that does contain a number of serious criticisms of the OUHT Trust management – amongst other things – but does at no stage recommend the withdrawal of Emergency Abdominal Surgery. So why was the service withdrawn? I guess the endless excuses as to why the report couldn’t be released might have given us a clue. There was no reason!
Vice chair of Keep The Horton General
More letters in this week’s Banbury Guardian.