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Disappointment as Trust votes to downgrade hospital's maternity services

The decision has been made to downgrade maternity services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. The Trust says it can't recruit enough obstetricians to run the unit safely. The decision comes despite widespread protests against the proposals. Some expectant mothers will now have to travel to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, more than twenty miles away.

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Decision day for hospital's maternity services

Thousands of people have joined the campaign to save the Horton Hospital's maternity services Credit: ITV News Meridian

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.

The Trust is trying very hard to fill these posts. At our meeting we will need to look at the numbers of obstetric middle grade doctors we will have available to us at the Horton in October and take a decision with patient safety in mind."

– Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive

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