Oxfordshire health bosses say they will not return obstetrics to the Horton General Hospital unless circumstances demand it in the future. Furious campaigners who have spent years challenging the downgrade of the hospital’s full maternity service say the decision must be referred back to the Secretary of State for Health by the new Horton health overview and scrutiny committee (HHOSC). And Banbury MP Victoria Prentis says she the recommendation is ‘extremely disappointing’.Keep the Horton General chairman Keith Strangwood said: “This should have gone to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to decide. The IRP looks at the facts. The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has just looked at itself. It’s ridiculous and the Horton HOSC has got to refer it back to the Secretary of State for Health.”All of the evidence pointed to the return of obstetrics but they are not interested. They have ignored it all.”The CCG’s paper says it recommends its Board next week to confirm the permanent closure of the Horton obstetric unit and to confirm the midwife-led unit at the Horton into the forseeable future. “If population or other factors change significantly then the need for obstetric services can be reviewed,” its recommendations say.It says it is important for… Read full this story
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