Concern among the Chipping Norton public over the future of their community hospital beds is the subject of a public meeting being held by the town’s hospital action group next Thursday, December 3.
Chipping Norton Hospital Action Group (CHAG) is holding the meeting in St Mary’s Church at 7pm.
“The purpose of the meeting is to bring people up to date regarding the Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) proposal to transfer the staffing and management of the Intermediate Care Beds at Chipping Norton away from the NHS and place the contract with the Orders of St John who run the adjacent Care Home,” said spokesman Clive Hill.
“The Action Group believes the standard of care will be reduced through the use of fewer qualified nurses which OCC says will save money.”
The Action Group has issued a leaflet and questionnaire to around 10,000 homes in the area to obtain people’s views on the proposed change. The first results of the survey will be published at the meeting.
When the survey is complete a report will be sent to the prime minister, who is MP for Chipping Norton and has been involved in the dispute, as well as to OCC and the head of the NHS.
Mr Hill said “It is important that as many people as possible complete the questionnaires and return them to one of the boxes distributed around the villages. The more people that attend the meeting the stronger the community voice will be.
“This is probably the last chance for the public to keep the NHS staffing and management of our community hospital beds”
CHAG says its statistics show patients are rehabilitated for release from hospital much more quickly under NHS care than that of Orders of St John.