Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public, Press Release, 7 February
Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public demands that the current phase 1 Consultation on the Oxfordshire Transformation Plan, part of the first two years of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire Sustainablity and Transformation Plan, is halted.
The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) decision to effectively permanently downgrade the Horton maternity unit has been referred to the secretary of state by the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC).
The consultation has become meaningless as the public does not know what it is being consulted on. The secretary of state may still decide that the Horton maternity unit should retain full obstetric cover. This would have a fundamental affect on the whole Transformation Plan including the Oxford hospitals.
There is considerable opposition to a two-phase consultation because it artificially separates interdependent parts of health and social care.
A new single-phase open consultation should start after a new plan emerges when the Horton situation has been resolved.
Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public is seeking legal advice to clarify the effect that the HOSC decision may have on the Transformation Plan – a plan developed by the CCG, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Oxford Health Trust, and clinical and scientific opinion to conform with NHS England’s requirement that a further £22 billion is cut from the already overstretched NHS budget by the imposition of the STPs.
Contacts: Dr Ken Williamson, chair of Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public, Mobile: 07831 570936
Mark Ladbrooke, secretary 07501 071 526
Bill MacKeith, press officer 01865 558145