Public urged to attend Horton campaign group meeting

Dr Youssef El Gingihy NNL-170228-162428001
Dr Youssef El Gingihy NNL-170228-162428001

Medical experts and campaigners who oppose NHS downgrading will form a panel at a special public meeting on the Horton General Hospital on Thursday, March 2.

The meeting is being organised by Keep the Horton General group as part of its effort to prevent loss of Banbury’s acute services.

The event takes place at St Mary’s Church, Banbury at 7.30pm and speakers include former Horton consultant Dr Peter Fisher, national NHS campaigner Dr Youssef El-Gingihy and Banbury GP Dr Hugh Gillies.

Banbury Guardian health writer Roseanne Edwards, who has been covering threats to the Horton for over 20 years will also be on the panel.

KTHG has been holding public meetings in communities around Banburyshire since the Oxfordshire Transformation Plan was published - after months of delay - on January 16.

Residents of Brackley, Shenington, North Newington, Mollington, Adderbury and Hornton have gathered to hear more about the plans for the Horton and associated health services.

And KTHG has given Horton supporters more information about its work and its plans for the current campaign.

Other meetings will take place in Cropredy on Monday, March 6, Sibford Village Hall on March 14 and the Jubilee Hall, Bloxham on March 23.

KTHG chairman, Keith Strangwood, said: “We hope a lot of people come to Thursday’s meeting at St Mary’s.

“What’s been really clear at our previous meetings is how little people know, how little they have been told about these far reaching plans that will change our health care out of all recognition.

“Most are horrified when they realise what NHS managers plan to do. Many are keen to do whatever they can to stop this downgrading. We look forward to Thursday’s event.”