Annual report launched
Protests over health services in Oxfordshire show just how much concern there is over their future provision, Healthwatch Oxfordshire has said in its annual report, published today.
According to the county’s independent health and social care watchdog, the public response to changes to health services proposed in the Transformation consultation, such as the permanent removal of obstetric services from Banbury’s Horton Hospital, demonstrate just how deep seated the public’s concern is.
The report provides key statistics on Healthwatch Oxfordshire’s work during the financial year 2016, which include:
- Meeting more than 2,000 people at public events
- Appearing in the local media nearly 100 times
- Reached more than 25,000 people on social media.
Rosalind Pearce, Executive Director, Healthwatch Oxfordshire, said: “Health and care services have been undergoing huge change, with the first phase of the Transformation consultation complete, and the second phase to come next year.
“While this has been going on, we have continued to gather the experiences of people who use those services, and what they have told us, in the main, is that while they are largely happy with the quality of the care they receive, certain aspects of the system, including waiting times, continue to be a cause for concern. This annual report reflects the work we did last year.”
The report is available to read or download from Healthwatch Oxfordshire’s website at http://www.healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk/annualreports