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Plan to secure services at Banbury's Horton Hospital

Horton Hospital
Health bosses have been working on securing services at the Horton Hospital

About £1.5m has been pledged towards a plan to secure maternity and children's services at Banbury's Horton Hospital, NHS Oxfordshire has confirmed.

If approved, it would end a campaign to stop the bulk of the wards being moved to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

The scheme involves employing more consultants to keep the children's ward running at night and to deal with emergencies in the delivery suite.

The Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust will consider the proposal on 14 June.

It will decide whether it can continue to run the wards and fund the remaining cost of £900,000 per year.

The plan has been together by a group of leading doctors and health managers.

The trust had originally wanted to transfer the majority of children's and maternity care to Oxford, but local campaigners protested against it and won their case, prompting a review of the system.

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