02 JAN 2018
Robert Courts MP today welcomed the Government's multi-million pound investment in Oxfordshire healthcare, as it emerged that Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had been granted an additional £3,787,800 funding to help cope with Winter pressures.
Oxfordshire hospitals and the wider health system has prepared earlier and more extensively than ever before for Winter this year, with a focus on securing the right numbers of doctors and nurses, increasing bed availability, and making sure there is strong social care and community care support available to help discharge patients from hospital quickly.
The extra funding granted to the Trust is the equivalent of 88 annual nurse salaries, and was announced as part of a £337m immediate funding boost for NHS hospitals this Winter in the recent Budget, in addition to an extra £2.8bn investment over the next two years. Witney Community Hospital services are run by a combination of OUH NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Commenting, Robert Courts MP said: "This is great news for Witney patients and residents. We all want to know the NHS is there for us and our families whenever we need it, so I'm pleased the Government is giving the NHS extra support at this critical time of year, when cold weather and flu can increase the pressures on hard-working hospital staff.
It's thanks to our strong economy that we can make this extra investment in the NHS. Polls show the NHS is the institution that makes us most proud to be British, and my party will always back and fund it."
18 OCT 2017
I was pleased to host a Westminster Hall debate on the Future of Healthcare in Oxfordshire yesterday. Local healthcare has been my top priority since being elected and I was glad to bring these critical matters before Parliament.
I made clear my disapproval over the lack proper consultation that has taken place over recent healthcare decisions and emphasised that Oxfordshire health bosses must learn their lessons from the closure of Deer Park.
I am clear: patients must be involved in the decisions that affect them.
You can watch my speech, and the full debate, below:
05 SEP 2017
Councils have been granted a full judicial hearing regarding the Oxfordshire CCG's Phase One consultation on the future of healthcare in Oxfordshire. This phase was rushed, poorly researched and did not present residents with geniune choice.
At the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday, Mr Justice Fraser agreed that a full hearing into the changes needs to be held by the end of the year.
This is another great step forward for the fight to ensure that vital services remain open, and any changes are fully justified.
Read this story in full here.
11 AUG 2017
Robert Courts MP and Victoria Prentis MP are both furious that maternity services at the Horton General will be downgraded.
Robert Courts is particularly concerned about the impact this will have on residents in the north of his constituency and the long-term impact on maternity services at the Chipping Norton Community Hospital.
Read this article in full here.
10 AUG 2017
Robert Courts MP attended and spoke at the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's public board meeting to make the case for maternity services at the Horton General to remain open.
Read this article in full here.