On Saturday, around 400 people gathered in Oxford’s Hinksey Park to protest against cuts and privatisation in the NHS. They marched up St Aldates and concluded in Broad Street, where the Mayor of Oxford, Jim Campbell, addressed the crowd.
Earlier this year, the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust announced a plan to save £33 million by cutting 600 jobs and downgrading the Horton Hospital in Banbury. The period for public consultation on the proposed changes at the Horton ended on Friday.
Dr Helen Groom, GP and secretary of Keep Our NHS Public Oxfordshire, said: “Whether it is for a cold or you have a major accident like Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, the NHS is there whenever you need it.
“We are worried that this government is selling off the easy and profitable bits to big private companies and the NHS would be left to deal with people with difficult and complicated problems.
“In the future ordinary people may have to pay for services they now take for granted.”
What is the Horton Hospital in Banbury?
The Horton Hospital in Banbury is a large NHS hospital located in Oxfordshire, England. It is part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country. The hospital serves the local population of Banbury, as well as the surrounding area. It offers a wide range of medical services including accident and emergency, general medicine, surgery, maternity, and paediatrics.
The hospital has been open since 1845, and has provided a valuable service to the local community for over 150 years. It has an impressive range of services including an Accident and Emergency department, an ICU, a Neonatal Unit, a Maternity Unit, and a Paediatrics Unit. There are also a number of specialist departments, such as cardiology, neurosurgery, and gastroenterology, as well as a number of outpatient clinics.
The hospital also has a number of community services, such as health visiting, physiotherapy, and podiatry. In addition, the hospital also has a large number of research projects going on, in collaboration with the University of Oxford.