HORTON UPDATE: MP ‘upset and disappointed’ by NHS decision

Victoria Prentis MP
Victoria Prentis MP

Banbury’s MP says she will try to ensure there is consultant-led midwifery unit at Horton General Hospital in light of this week’s NHS Trust announcement.

Victoria Prentis MP said she was upset and disappointed by news that obsetrics could be suspended at the Horton in September but believed that a solution could be found to preserve them. She is also organising a ‘Hand Around Our Horton’ event in August for local people to show their support.

She said: “I have been very upset and disappointed today to read the statement from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT) regarding the possible suspension of obstetric services at the Horton General Hospital.

“As many of my constituents know, I was born at the Horton and I have long been a supporter of retaining the vital services it provides to Banbury and the surrounding areas. I understand the difficulties in recruiting obstetric doctors, but I firmly believe that a solution can be found that will ensure the continuation of a consultant-led unit at the Horton.

“Banbury needs high quality maternity care at a level that a midwifery-led unit cannot provide. I have been in discussions on this matter over the last few weeks, and these will resume with the goal of keeping the current Horton services. I look forward to discussing options with all those involved, and I am happy to talk to any concerned constituents.

“I will be organising a ‘Hands Around Our Horton’ event for all local people to come and show their support for the hospital. This will be held at 10.30am on August 21, shortly before the Banbury Food Fair. Details will be publicised when further arrangements have been made.”