North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis has raised concerns about the future of health services in Bicester.
It comes after a public meeting by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) in Bicester over its major consultation over proposed changes to healthcare across the county.
Bicester’s MP said: “While I am very concerned about the future of the Horton in Banbury, I am also worried about the future of health services in Bicester.
“We have seen one closure of a well-supported GP surgery, and the community hospital is an important service for many of us.”
The new hospital opened in Coker Close in 2015 after a long-fought battle to retain the service, which has 12 patient rooms, physiotherapy, x-ray suites and a first aid unit.
Bicester councillor Les Sibley, who led a campaign to fight to keep a community hospital in Bicester, said: “I have had concerns for a few months since the closure of North Bicester Surgery and the merger of Langford and Victoria House practices.
“When you see the reduction of services at the Horton it’s a worrying time.
“The community hospital is coming under threat I have no doubt about that. If you can’t staff an acute hospital how are we going to staff a community hospital.
“We are in a terrible state. I am concerned about the closure of these facilities when we are a growing town and need more health facilities, not less.
“I support Victoria Prentis in what she is saying and what she is trying to do.”
Mrs Prentis has urged people to take part in the consultation which she has already called for to be “halted” because the changes are being consulted on in two phases and people can’t see the “full picture”.
Phase one is asking for views on reducing the number of inpatient beds, providing a central stroke unit in Oxford, and a permanent midwife-led unit at Banbury’s Horton Hospital.
While phase two will review accident and emergency services, paediatric services and midwife-led maternity units, as well as community hospitals.
She is concerned decisions made after the first phase could impact on the services that are due to be consulted on in phase two.
She added: “In the meantime, I will continue to liaise with the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group about their plans for health services in my constituency, and I strongly encourage my constituents to take part in the consultation.”
Mrs Prentis also took a swipe at the commissioning group for holding public meetings during the day when many people were unable to attend.
No-one from OCCG was available for comment.
For more information view oxonhealthcaretransformation.nhs.uk.