Three of Labour’s Parliamentary Candidates in the June 2017 General Election joined forces in Banbury last week to highlight a neglected issue in the Horton campaign, that the hospital does not just serve Banbury but all of North Oxfordshire over to Chipping Norton and across county boundaries into Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.
Banbury and Bicester’s candidate Sean Woodcock said, “It’s great to have parliamentary candidates Jeff Kenner from Stratford and Laetisia Carter from Witney with me here today to demonstrate that Banbury has support from neighbouring constituencies who are also affected by the threats to the Horton.
Labour is committed to halting the flawed Sustainability and Transformation Plans that have been foisted on hospital trusts by the government, to essentially run vital health services on a severely reduced budget.”
Jeff Kenner said, “I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with my colleagues from Banbury and Witney in opposing the Tory downgrading of the Horton Hospital which serves Shipston and the South Warwickshire villages. Labour will stop all hospital closures and retain the vital health services the Horton provides for our communities.
Laetisia Carter said, “The absence of an obstetrics provision at the Horton puts mothers and their unborn children at risk, while a long journey to the John Radcliffe – on congested roads – threatens their welfare further.”
She wants to give mothers back the right to choose a service that best suits their needs, and believes mothers in Chipping Norton and North Oxfordshire are being unfairly disadvantaged because of their rural setting.
“It is not right that mothers close to City centres receive better maternity provision than those in rural areas. We already suffer disproportionately from crumbling roads and inadequate public transport provision, we must not let the Conservative Party’s obsession with austerity, also threaten the lives of our mothers and their babies.”