Following the successful NHS Campaign day at the end of November, Bicester Labour was again out in force on Saturday morning, 21st January, putting the case for more investment in both the NHS and Social Care.
On what was the coldest day of the year so far, members of the public were still happy to stop and talk about their fears for both the NHS locally, with Oxford University Hospital Trust’s plans to change local services, and the County Council’s plans to reduce the scale of Day Centre provision.
The two petitions, calling on the Government to put more money into the NHS and on the County Council to save Bicester’s Health and Wellbeing Centre, were well supported, with over 300 signatures to add to the online and paper petitions already running.
One elderly gentleman was so concerned that he offered to give us the money he had on him to donate to the cause.
We thanked him for his generosity but said that it was the Government and County Council’s responsibility to properly fund the NHS and Adult Social Care and that we would continue the fight to save both the Horton and Bicester’s Day Centre.
What the campaign shows is just how important the NHS and Adult Social Care are to the people of Bicester and District. Closure of GPs surgeries and downgrading of the Horton, together with cuts to Social Care are simply unacceptable in a town growing as rapidly as Bicester. That’s why Bicester Labour was delighted to support 7-year old Tegan and her mother Carla’s campaign to save the Health and Wellbeing Centre!
We’ll continue to campaign to keep it open and providing the services it does now as well as opposing the Oxford University Health Trusts proposals to downgrade facilities at the Horton. And remember, the OUHT hasn’t said what it will do with the County’s Community Hospitals yet, including our own!