We have now received the IRP advice about the permanent closure of obstetric services at the Horton General Hospital.  We have been asked to undertake a joint piece of work with Oxfordshire Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) and we have contacted the HOSC Chairman to ensure an early discussion about how we will do this together.

Louise Patten, Chief Executive of OCCG said: “As the new CEO I will personally ensure that the CCG and wider health system approach the IRP recommendations in a way that ensures all stakeholders feel involved and informed. I have written to the Chair of the Oxfordshire HOSC and offered my commitment to move forward in a transparent and inclusive manner.”

The IRP advice has been published on their website  (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/irp-horton-general-hospital-banbury-initial-assessment).