MP launches campaign to save dementia ward


Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has launched her campaign to save Ward 10 at Solihull Hospital.

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The award-winning Ward 10 provides in-patient care to dementia sufferers. Its 13 beds are under threat in a drive to reduce costs and focus on outreach services - treating patients in their homes. The fate of the ward is due to be decided imminently.

Mrs Burt launched her campaign outside Solihull Hospital with Lib Dem campaigners including Yardley MP John Hemming and Lib Dem council group leader Ian Hedley.

Mrs Burt spent the afternoon in the town centre, gathering signatures from shoppers who wanted to save Ward 10. The petition is available online and Mrs Burt is promoting it on Twitter using the hashtag #SaveWard10.

Mrs Burt has requested a meeting with the Managing Director of Solihull Hospital to discuss the proposals and she plans to raise it at a meeting with Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.

Mrs Burt said, "I am deeply concerned about proposals to take away this vital service for dementia sufferers. Outreach services are a wonderful thing but not all patients have the same needs.

"When I recently visited Ward 10 it was clearly an excellent service, giving vulnerable older people real dignity and quality of care.

"I have written to the Managing Director of Solihull Hospital to request an urgent meeting with her.

"In the meantime, I would encourage anyone who wants to save Ward 10 to add their name to my petition."

Mrs Burt's petition can be signed online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-ward-10. Readers wishing to sign who do not have access to the internet should write to 81 Warwick Road, Solihull B92 7HP.


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