LETTERS: Horton General - Time To Speak

Cllr Keith Stangwood is opposesed to the meeting being held at Rye Hill Golf Club
Cllr Keith Stangwood is opposesed to the meeting being held at Rye Hill Golf Club

A time to listen and a time to speak. We have reached the 12-month anniversary of the loss of emergency abdominal surgery/emergency general surgery.

Since the loss of services from our Horton Hospital, the Keep The Horton General Group has been campaigning for the proper and required consultation to be carried out in regards to, in the words of the OUHT, suspension of EAS/EGS from our hospital.

We have listened to excuse after excuse as to why this cannot happen. The powers that be must consult with Horton users and justify the removal of a long-standing, in-place service.

Over the past 12 months the KTHG has been contacted regarding problems that have been experienced by Horton users being shipped off to the Oxford JR.

As chairman of the KTHG I attended the Oxfordshire Hospital Overview and Scrutiny Committee on December 5. Following a presentation I made to the OHOSC, it was promised a public meeting would take place in Banbury before February 27 to consult and listen to Horton Hospital users.

We have been informed this meeting will take place on February 5, 6pm-8.15pm at a local venue [Editor’s note, since named as Rye Hill Golf Club, see page one].

Please attend.

The OUHT/OCCG has also requested attendees register their intention to attend.

Please don’t be deterred by this, simply e-mail caroline.rouse@ouh.nhs.uk saying you wish to register intention to attend the meeting. Do not be put off. We need to keep our Horton a fully acute Hospital. It’s Banbury’s chance to speak.

Keith Strangwood

Chairman Keep The Horton General Group

Recently released papers show the Conservative Government did have plans to close coal mines 30 years ago, despite vehement denials when challenged by the unions. I wonder where the Horton will be on the list of hospital closures when this government’s papers are released in another 30 years?

Robert Jones


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