Following the our successful STP education meetings last year, Keep the Horton General and Banbury Guardian health journalist Roseanne Edwards are looking for more opportunities to inform local people about the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and their impact on the NHS.
Why not invite us to come and speak to your community or workplace? All we need is a hall, and help to get the word out.
Keep the Horton General chairman, Keith Strangwood, said "For years our group has been at the forefront of the battle to maintain full services at the Horton. It is absolutely vital that the public understand the ramifications of STP and how they will destroy the NHS as we know it. We urge all communities to hold events like this as soon as possible. Time really is of the essence".
To arrange a meeting contact:
Keith Strangwood on 07740 599736
Roseanne Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our previous campaign was a hugely successful mix of personalities and skills; public speakers, NHS insiders, web/graphic designers, signature collectors, minute takers, good organisers, report writers and number crunchers. Some of us are retired, some of us work, some of us have family and study committments, some of us have health concerns. We're stretched, just like you are, and we need your help! Whatever your skills - we need you.
You can do something. I did. I wasn't part of the campaign when the story broke at the start of the previous campaign for maternity / childrens services, but it made me so angry I offered to create a website for the campaign - and here it is. So what can you offer?
If you are one of the thousands of people the Horton has been there for, or if you ever expect to use it in the future - please help.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Chairman Keith Strangwood on 07740 599736
Thank you for caring about our hospital.
Together, let's make sure we get the service we're supposed to have.