In November 2006 South Central Strategic Health Authority recommended that ‘contraction of services at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre was the only workable solution for services in Thames Valley’ and that ‘capacity at the Independent Treatment Centre needed to be maximised in order to deliver value for money to the NHS and help alleviate general financial pressures in Thames Valley’.
KONP have been alerted by staff members working at the Horton Hospital that the Independent Treatment Centre in Banbury has increasing numbers of patients infected with MRSA. The group have today (8th January 2007) written to Ms. Alison Wheatley Manger of the Horton Treatment Centre to request information under the Freedom of Information Act on infection rates and waiting times. KONP also believe that waiting times at the centre run by the private company Capio are greater than those at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre which the SHA wants to close.
Dr. Helen Groom Secretary of Keep our NHS Public Oxfordshire said;-
“ It is madness that patients are being told to go to a privately run treatment centre with high waiting times and, we believe, increasing MRSA infection rates in order to help balance the books for the NHS. We want to expose the hypocrisy of a government policy that says that private is better than public and being used to justify closures of world famous hospitals. We have written to the treatment centre to request the information because we feel patients need to know what could happen to them.”
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