hospital provides vital services to Banbury's growing population.
about to lose those services.
are YOU going to do about it?
CHANCE TO SAVE SERVICES!
Please write to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel - every letter counts
our last chance to save our services at the Horton. The proposals
have been referred to the Secretary of State for Health, who's referred
them to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for consideration.
take a few minutes to write to them explaining why it is so important
to keep our services in Banbury.
IRP have set up a dedicated Horton email address: email@example.com
you can write to the IRP at:
11 The Strand
London WC2N 5HR
call them on 0800 023 4680
have to report to the Health Secretary on 18 February 2008 so please
write well before then to give them time to take your views into account.
not doing a standard letter this time because individual letters,
however short, count so much more. Common sense tells us that the
new proposals will result in tragically unnecessary deaths; and we're
sure everyone will have a personal reason why they believe services
should be maintained. We'd love you to tell the IRP your reasons.
Here are some thoughts which may add weight to your letter:
86 local GPs concluded the original proposals were "unsafe
and inhumane" - and the vast
majority of local GPs concluded the "revised" proposals
were not significantly different to the original
Stakeholder Panel, set up by the Trust to review the revised proposals,
concluded "The proposals represent a significant downgrading
of access to services and a worsening of choice for women and children
in the Banbury area"
The Horton gained 24 hour childrens services and consultant-led maternity
decades ago, after a tragic death occurred. All that has changed since
then is the population has grown and traffic has worsened. So how
can it be safe to remove these services?
If the proposals go ahead, the Horton will be one of the biggest midwife
led units in the country, and also one of the furthest away from consultant
shortening of specialist training, at the same time as the full
introduction of European Working Time Directive and blocking
of training posts to non EU graduates are at the root of the
problem, which will destroy many small general hospitals like
training needs are being put before service delivery.
government has the power to remove the above restrictions and
save small general hospitals across the country.
studies have shown that it could take up to 5 hours to transfer
a sick child from Banbury to the JR
ambulance takes around 40 minutes door to door. That's a guaranteed
40 minutes delay to life saving treatment
women per year are expected to be put through the trauma of
ambulance transfer when something goes wrong during labour.
An inter-unit transfer takes on average, 2.8 hours
the Trust deny it, we fear that the removal of obstetric and
24 hour paediatric services will inevitably lead to the running
down of other services, such as A&E, in the future
midwife and practising lawyer for children brain-damaged at birth, Catherine
Hopkins, has predicted “catastrophic consequences if downgrading
(of maternity and children’s) services goes ahead.”
Emeritus Professor Kenneth Holt confirmed that “Running down existing
maternity and neonatal services is (I believe) a retrograde step and
one that could lead to disasters.”
take the time to write - because every letter counts.
Put up a leaflet
the consultation document
Join our facebook group
Sign up to Keep Our NHS Public
Give us ammunition
What else can you contribute?
Pledge your support
Talk about it
up a leaflet
In your school, workplace, church, mosque, or nursery, to encourage
others to write.
the consultation document
consultation period has been extended due to the complexity and massive
opposition, and now ends on 13 October. You can download the consultation
document below. You
should read it because you need to comment on it to be part of the consultation
exercise. But read between the lines - and remember the source.
they are saying about "improvements" to services - they are
talking about improvements for Oxfordshire as a whole, not the Banbury
area. With the exception of elder care, there is no way any of these proposals
are improvements to people in North Oxfordshire, South Warks or South
Northants. You WILL see a reduction in the way YOUR heath care is delivered.
are many errors in the report, some of which are listed below. Please note
that claims that womens' and childrens' services are not clinically sustainable
are highly suspect as there are reports that refute this - but the ORH Trust
will not recognise them in this consultation.
2 - The Horton Hospital
Part 1 - Efficiency and Performance (covers
the whole trust)
in the consultation document so far (We're sure there's more and will
list them as soon as we can back up what common sense tells us is wrong)
Leave messages for other supporters, ask questions, show your support.
Get your friends to join up too.
up to the national campaign
We're supporting the national campaign group "Keep Our NHS
Their website is www.keepournhspublic.com.
The same fight is being carried on all over the country. We strongly believe
that a national effort is needed, to change goverment policy. Why not
add your name to their list of supporters, or join their regional group?
Oxfordshire group: Dr
Helen Groom firstname.lastname@example.org
ammunition, that is.
The trust's next proposals will probably rely on many of the same statistics
that they tried to reply on for the first consultation. Perhaps you have
access to figures that prove there will be a greater population increase,
or a higher birth rate, than the Trust are assuming? Maybe you know of
research that suggest the Trust's proposals or principles are unsound.
Any piece of information could be the key - please let us know what you
What skills can you contribute to the campaign?
Can you write a letter?
Can you offer printing services?
Can you supply banners or signs?
Can you lend us a sound system?
Can you translate this site into Polish, Hindi, or any other language
widely spoken in Banbury to help us spread the message further?
Can you shake a bucket?
Have you got a story so moving it will cause the silent majority to rise
up in protest against the cuts?
Are you someone fighting the same fight in Warwickshire, Northamptonshire
or further afield? Let us know what you are doing.
If you are
one of the thousands of people the Horton has been there for, or if you
ever expect to use it in the future - it is your duty to do something
before the heart is ripped out of our hospital.
do something. I did. I wasn't part of the campaign the
day the story broke, but it made me so angry I offered to create a website
for the campaign - and here it is. So what can you offer?
It hurts every time we say to someone, "Will you be at the
Horton meeting?" and they say "Why? Is something wrong?".
Lots of people don't read the papers, or work in other towns. These people
may not know there's a threat, unless you tell them about it. Our campaign
has acheived so much - we've effectively forced the Trust back to the
drawing board - so we've got a lot to be proud of.
If you have any ideas about what we should be doing, please contact
us giving a phone number if appropriate