STRUCTURE: Oxfordshire CCG has issued a statement stating it and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust have agreed any consultation on changes to Horton General Hospital will take place following the development of Oxfordshire’s commissioning strategy, but before the end of the current financial year.

CCG medical director Dr Mary Keenan said: “As a new organisation, we are currently developing a commissioning strategy for health services across Oxfordshire, working closely with partners including the Oxford University Hospitals. This will look at how we would like primary, community and hospital services to be delivered throughout the county.

“Because of this important piece of work, OCCG has agreed with the OUH that any consultation on changes to the Horton General Hospital (which will need to be led by the CCG) will take place following the development of this strategy but before the end of the current financial year.”

“As a clinically led organisation, patient safety is paramount to us. We have therefore agreed with the OUH that while this work is progressed, the suspension of emergency abdominal surgery should remain in place.”

Sir Jonathan Michael, Chief Executive, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The OUH had hoped to start a consultation on a vision for the Horton in the spring. However, we understand that the OCCG will want to fully develop its commissioning strategy for Oxfordshire first.

“We have therefore agreed that the consultation on the vision for the Horton General Hospital will take place following the development of the OCCG’s commissioning strategy but before the end of the current financial year.

“OCCG and the OUH have also both agreed that the suspension of emergency abdominal surgery at the Horton should remain in place, in the interests of patient safety. Consultation on the service will be included in the full public consultation around the vision for the Horton.”