Date: 30 March 2017
For Immediate Release
South Northants challenges hospital consultation
A legal challenge has been launched by South Northamptonshire Council and its partners following a “confusing and flawed” consultation process regarding plans to downgrade key services at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital.
Today (Thursday) an application was filed for a judicial review into how Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) has consulted with the public over changes to services including maternity, critical care and hospital bed use.
The challenge is on behalf of Cherwell District Council, South Northamptonshire Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Banbury Town Council as co-claimants and with support from the Keep the Horton General campaign group.
Ian Davies, interim joint chief executive of Cherwell and South Northamptonshire Councils, said: “Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has carried out a two-phase consultation into plans to downgrade key services at the Horton General Hospital. This approach has proved incredibly confusing and those who will be most affected by any changes – namely the residents of Banbury and surrounding areas – are still unsure as to exactly what is happening to their local hospital.