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The MP for North Oxfordshire, Victoria Prentis, has voiced her disappointment about the decision to downgrade Horton General Hospital's maternity unit.
The MP had been working alongside campaigners to prevent the downgrade of vital Horton services. She says she is "disappointed that this decision has been taken with no public consultation".
Here is her statement:
The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s board of directors has voted to downgrade the Horton General Hospital maternity service to a midwife-only unit.
The decision comes despite months of protests by thousands of campaigners wanting to keep the maternity services. They say expectant mothers will now have to travel to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, more than 20 miles away and a journey of up to 45 minutes.
The Trust says it can't recruit enough obstetricians to run the unit safely.
It's decision day for an Oxfordshire hospital, where maternity services could be downgraded.
The Trust which runs Horton General in Banbury says it can't recruit enough obstetricians to run the unit safely and will decide whether or not to suspend services from the end of September.
If the Horton is downgraded from consultant-led to midwife-led, expectant mums will be transferred to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, about 45 minutes away.
The plans have caused widespread protests, with thousands of people campaigning to save the services.