Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public

Our campaign aims to:
– Keep Our NHS Public! This means funded from taxation, free at the point of use, and provided as a public service by people employed in the NHS and accountable to the people and Parliament.
– Build a broad-based non-party political campaign to prevent further fragmentation and privatisation of the NHS.
– Inform the public and the media about what is happening as a result of the government’s ‘reform’ programme.
– Call for a public debate about the future of the NHS and halt the further use of the private sector until such a debate is had.

Contact Oxfordshire KONP:     secretary.konpox@gmail.com

Oxford KONP meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Our meetings are in the Oxford Town Hall and begin at 7.30. All meetings are open to the public.

Next meeting:  11 December, 7.30,  Town Hall

Cathy Augustine (centre), Didcot town councillor

Cathy Augustine, Didcot Town Councillor and Oxfordshire delegate to national KONP, spoke to Oxfordshire Health & Wellbeing Board, 15 November 2018
We are deeply alarmed that the new Integrated System Delivery Board (ISDB), the main driver behind the proposed Integrated Care System, is buried deep in the structure, and virtually invisible from the scrutiny of elected representatives, meeting in secret and producing no public minutes. We are also concerned at the fact that today the CCG is hosting this meeting – another blurred line. The draft terms of reference of the ISDB (at item 9), if passed, will confirm this unhealthy inter-dependent structure. We want the HWB to think again.” Read more.

Oxfordshire KONP response to NHS consultation on ICPs

The NHS recently carried out a consultation on the contractual arrangements for the proposed system of Integrated Care Providers (ICPs). The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group plans to create such a system in Oxfordshire. In the Oxfordshire KONP December 2018 Newsletter you can read how this plan is being developed in secret and what it could mean for our local health and social care system. Oxfordshire KONP’s response to the online consultation can be read here. 

Keep Local Hospitals
The Clinical Commissioning Group’s plan for Oxfordshire is to close a number of local hospitals, shift more acute care to the big central hospitals and replace local hospitals with “up to four hubs”. But recently the Nuffield Trust published a report which stressed the importance of keeping and supporting local hospitals. It said
“There is an urgent need to create sustainable models for acute medicine in smaller hospitals. Too often, the knee-jerk reaction has been to try to close or downgrade these services rather than to develop solutions that better suit the needs of the local community. As a result, attempts to close these services have tended to fail, while the problems they were trying to address remain.”
Read the report here.

Horton Campaign Wins Appeal
Keep the Horton General (KTHG) has learnt this week that it has won its right to appeal the December 2017 judicial decision into the legality of the split consultation process by the Oxford Clinical Commissioning Group regarding the downgrade of the Horton General. Read more


Health bosses told to reopen Wantage Hospital
HEALTH bosses have been ordered to either re-open a community hospital or hold a formal consultation on its future – more than two years after it closed. Wantage Community Hospital remains in a state of limbo after the ‘temporary’ closure of in patient services July 2016 following an outbreak of Legionella. A government-backed review into the closure subsequently stated, however, that anything more than six months should not be labelled ‘temporary’. Members of the Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) have told the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (which runs the hospital) that bosses must develop ‘concrete plans’ for the future of the hospital by November. From Oxford Mail, 21 September 2018


NHS patients will be sent for surgery to private healthcare companies
Hundreds of NHS patients in Oxfordshire will be sent for surgery at operating theatres run by private healthcare firms this winter as hospitals desperately try to clear a backlog of patients. Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) has revealed plans to treat more than 500 patients over the next five months at private hospitals in Banbury and Headington, with negotiations ongoing over the possibility of more referrals. Health campaigners say the move is ‘the wrong way’ to go about reducing the trust’s ‘atrocious’ waiting times, with nearly 8,000 patients waiting longer than the target of 18 weeks in the latest available figures. Read more


All Change for Banbury GP Services
GP services in Banbury are changing as surgeries merge and patients are encouraged to use new technology in place of face to face consultations. Principal Medical Ltd (PML) is steering the merger of West Bar and Woodlands practices while Banbury Health Centre patients will be absorbed by all town surgeries. Diane Hedges of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group told a Banbury meeting her group had engaged a technology specialist to help practices launch GP Online services to help patients avoid face-to-face appointments. Read more…




Lets Convert NHS Pride into Action, by Dr Elizabeth Peretz (Oxford Times) 12 July 2018
 WE are all proud of the NHS. We depend on it. Every major political party says it will defend it when they ask us to vote for them. But, under the present government, it seems to be in constant crisis, amid horror stories of A & E trolley waits and old people sent home from hospital without care to keep them safe Read more



This month we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. But the NHS is threatened as never before by deliberate underfunding, top-down reorganisation, and privatisation. In this Newsletter, read about the increasing lack of transparency in Oxfordshire NHS, the ongoing campaign around the Horton in Banbury, and privatised endoscopy in Witney. 


Tory worries about privatisation?  Some senior cabinet ministers, according to the Health Service Journal, have described the Conservative government’s changes to the NHS as “one of the biggest mistakes made by the coalition government”. On 22 May, the BBC reported that the government was having second thoughts about key aspects of their 2012 Health and Social Care Act. Read more.


Oxon NHS Campaigners join rally to back NHS Judicial Review legal challenge Oxfordshire NHS campaigners joined almost 100 NHS Defenders from across the country at a rally outside Leeds High Court on Tuesday 24 April to show their support for a legal challenge to a contentious new form of NHS contract.
This Accountable Care Organisation contract is designed to ‘manage demand’ – which basically means restricting and denying health care to patients. This would undermine the core principle that the NHS provides comprehensive healthcare to everyone who has a clinical need for it. Read more.


New planning group will discuss changes to Oxfordshire’s health services in secret. Secret meetings allowing NHS bosses to discuss changes to Oxfordshire’s health services will now be held, after a motion was passed by the county’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC). The newly-formed ‘HOSC Planning Group’ will gather twice a month to discuss health matters and upcoming ‘developments’ to health and care services. Read more

Are Accountable Care Organisations a vehicle for even greater privatisation of the NHS?  If hospitals, GPs, mental health, and community care are all operating not as separate independent entities but within multiple unitary systems known as Accountable Care Organisations, all with a single provider contract, who will manage these complex contracts? If commissioning contracts so far are any guide, it will be private companies. Read more.


Future of the Horton still uncertain
When the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) decided to close down obstetrics at the Horton and centralise everything at the JR, the County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee objected and referred the matter to the Secretary of State. The response from the Secretary of State came this month and was very critical of the CCG’s decision. But will it save the Horton? Read more.


Response to draft action plan
Healthwatch Oxfordshire has responded to the action plan produced by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, following criticism by the Care Quality Commission of services in the county for older people. The response makes a number of observations and calls for greater clarity and financial detail. You can read it here

Women workers, carers, patients: Cuts in health services have fallen disproportionately harshly on women, as they have in education and welfare. Most workers in the NHS and social care are women. They have endured years of real pay cuts. Four out of five such workers are in pay bands 1-4 at rates from £7.88 to £11.60. (Oxford Living Wage set by the Living Wage Foundation is £9.69 an hour.)
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Care Quality Commission Report on Oxford NHS The national Care Quality Commission has published a probing and critical report into ‘how people move through the health and social care system’ in Oxfordshire. They find a service with kindness from frontline staff but otherwise lacking leadership, future vision, and collaboration. Read more

Our January newsletter, Oxfordshire NHS News, has information about radical changes to Oxford’s GP services, as well as news about the Horton and a new head at the Clinical Commissioning Group. Plus disturbing news about cancer care at the Churchill.



Judgement Reserved In Horton General Hospital Judicial Review The judge ordered the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) to take no further steps or decisions with regard to the Horton General Hospital until judgement is handed down.
Read more.



Campaigners in recent years have frequently used the slogan, ‘Austerity Kills’. Now we know that it’s true. A landmark study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), concluded that the cuts to spending on health and social care led to ‘around 120 000 excess deaths from 2010 to 2017‘. If austerity continues, this would lead to 150,000 extra deaths between 2015 and 2020.


Government reorganisation of the NHS has failed to boost community care in England. One of the key aims of government has been to cut back on the number of patients turning up at A&E or being referred to hospital specialists and have them cared for instead within the primary care or community care sector.  According to a recent study, this hasn’t worked.


National Konp Briefing on Accountable Care Organizations, November 2017. This briefing outlines how, as little as five years since the massive restructuring imposed by the Health and Social Care Act (HSC Act) of 2012, the NHS is again undergoing radical change, this time at breakneck speed and without parliamentary consent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Simon Stevens has signalled his distance from Tory cuts that he has championed since 2013. It remains to be seen if he will keep his job under a Labour government.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Our case will be heard on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December. The hearing will centre on the legality of the Oxford CCG’s consultation concerning the downgrade of Horton General.