Horton campaign group says roadworks chaos proves need for care at Banbury hospital

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MHBG-04-07-13 Keith Strangwood NNL-151006-131444001

Hospital campaign group Keep the Horton General has expressed fear for patients stuck in roadworks on the way to the JR Hospital in Oxford.

Chairman Keith Strangwood said he had been given assurances by Oxfordshire County Council that ambulances were being given priority but reports by drivers on Twitter were describing blue light vehicles being stuck in heavy traffic.

“We are particularly concerned about the potential for the death of a patient, conveyed by ambulance to the John Radcliffe hospital being delayed en-route,” he said.

“Patients are now being sent JR appointment letters with the advice that they should ‘allow at least an hour to find a parking space’,” he said.

“If ever there was a time the Oxford University Hospitals Trust woke up to the fact that patients from the north of the county should be treated at the Horton General Hospital, this is it,” he said.

The roadworks at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts started last July and were expected to last 70 weeks.