Councillors and activists from Banbury and Bicester Labour Party will take to the streets on Saturday as part of its NHS Campaign Day. Part of a national day of campaigning, the party says the time has come for proper investment in the NHS to transform it for the 21st century.
“The national situation has grown so dire that it’s causing intolerable pressure on some services while others close,” said Banbury leader Sean Woodcock. “It is this that has led to the current battle for service provision at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital.”
Mr Woodcock and Cllr Steve Kilsby; leaders of the district and town council Labour groups respectively, issued a joint statement saying: ““Everyone in Banbury and the surrounding areas knows about the current threat to consultant-led maternity and other services at the Horton.
“What this is about is raising awareness of the current situation in the NHS as a whole and how these things are linked.
“After all it is the lack of proper investment in the NHS and in social care, along with an increasing number of people using these services, that is directly responsible for what is happening at the Horton.
“The purpose of the event on Saturday is to get people talking about it. Then, national decision-makers will have no choice but to take this issue seriously.”
Banbury and Bicester Labour Party will be running events in Banbury and Bicester town centres from 9am.