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Since being elected as your MP, health has been the issue I have most focused on.  With Oxfordshire Health bosses looking at how to make Oxfordshire's health services work best in the future, as well as issues with local services, this is an essential topic that I will continue to work hard on.

Our NHS and the services it provides are vital to us all.  From ensuring Chipping Norton residents are consulted, to campaigning for better GP access in our rural area, I will always fight for local services.  I will focus on building key relationships to understand the complex challenges that surround them, and work to improve mental health provision and adult social care.

02 JAN 2018

Witney Gazette - MP welcomes funding

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

Robert Hosts Debate on Oxfordshire Healthcare

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

Judge grants ground-breaking decision over future of Oxfordshire's healthcare

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

Oxford Times - MPs furious and disappointed with decision to permanently downgrade maternity services at Banbury hospital

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

BBC - Banbury Hospital Maternity Unit downgrade agreed

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.

31 MAR 2017

Further CCG Update

As Deer Park is set to close today, I have continued pressing Oxfordshire health bosses to extend services until the final independent review decision is made. I have also pressed for them to ensure that local practices are able to provide the much needed cover for Deer Park patients. I have been assured by Oxfordshire health bosses that the Nuffield Health Centre will provide an immediate and necessary service for any unregistered patients needing health services. This will be provided from...

27 MAR 2017

CCG Update

I have spoken and met with David Smith from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group who assured me that they are aware of patients still on the list and are taking the following measures: There will be a GP available at the surgery until 31st March to deal with any urgent issues that come up for patients who have not registered elsewhere. Following my conversation with David Smith he has asked the team to look at whether this can be extended. The staff at Deer Park are phoning all remaining...

21 MAR 2017

Robert Courts MP asks the Secretary of State to press for an urgent decision over Deer Park Medical Centre

Today, I asked the Secretary of State for Health in the House of Commons to press the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to reach a decision regarding Deer Park Medical Centre at the earliest opportunity. Read this exchange in full here.

20 MAR 2017

Robert Courts MP raises concerns about the safety of patients to the Secretary of State for Health

I have today further written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.   I have stated concern about those 2500 patients who remain registered to Deer Park Medical Centre.  I have urged the Secretary of State to press the IRP to keep the practice open at least until a formal decision is made on 11th April 2017.  It is unacceptable for Deer Park to be closed early, leaving 2500 patients without access to a GP, and unacceptable for it to close while the IRP is still...

16 MAR 2017

Robert Courts writes to the Secretary of State about the IRP referral

Read this letter in full here. I am pleased that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has now referred this matter to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for review. However, as you will read, I am very concerned that OCCG have not been required to stop closure proceedings.  I am also concerned that the decision made by the IRP will be too late for the practice, and merely be academic. I sent this letter in response to the Secretary of State's letter to the Oxfordshire HOSC,...

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