Horton campaigners are off to Parliament again to combine opposition to downgrading of the Banbury hospital with support for the NHS Reinstatement Bill.
Keep the Horton General (KTHG) group and the GMB union in Banbury have asked all Horton supporters to join them on their coach to London next Friday, November 4.
MP Caroline Lucas’s Bill would return the NHS as a publicly owned, funded and run service, ending the costly ‘internal market’ where services are contracted to private companies.
The Bill is due to have its second reading in the Commons that day. KTHG, the GMB and Keep Our NHS Public, Oxford will be among those protesting at any attempts to stop it being heard.
KTHG Chairman Keith Strangwood said: “We believe part of our Anti-STP strategy should be supporting the NHS Reinstatement Bill.
“The future of the Horton’s services depends on stopping the Sustainability and Transformation Plan - which we were told last Friday will go ahead unless someone can provide a better way to cut £200m from Oxfordshire NHS’s budget.
“The NHS Reinstatement Bill would give back control and proper funding of the NHS so local hospitals can keep their wards anddoctors. Already there are worrying problems with the loss of consultant maternity services from Banbury.
“The STP plan is to downgrade the Horton and move all our services to Oxford which will mean untold problems, trouble, dangers and chaos. We urge people to join us on this trip to London to support the return of our NHS to the people.” To book a seat call 07740 599736.