Local Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has questioned the Secretary of State for Health about the future of Solihull dementia care in the House of Commons.
Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt - the most senior minister in his department - promised to look into the future of Ward 10, which offers dementia care at Solihull Hospital, in response to the MP's Oral Question on Tuesday.
Mrs Burt's exchange with Mr Hunt follows her recent face-to-face meeting with Norman Lamb, the minister responsible for dementia care.
Mrs Burt said, "I was pleased with the positive response I received from the minister.
"I very much hope that with the dementia-care minister and the Secretary of State looking into this, we'll be able to get the best possible result for dementia patients in Solihull."
The exchange between Lorely Burt and Jeremy Hunt is available online here:http://tinyurl.com/ngyfrax. For your convenience it is reproduced below:
Lorely Burt (Solihull) (LD): In my constituency the success of virtual wards has decreased the need for hospital beds. That is welcome, but dementia sufferers, who sometimes need hospital treatment and specialist care to mitigate the additional confusion and anxiety that they experience, do need specialist care within a hospital. Our local dementia unit is under threat of closure. Does the Secretary of State agree that it should not be closed and that that is a wrong decision?
Mr Hunt: I do not know the details of that particular case, but I am happy to look into it. I would say that a quarter of our hospital in-patients have dementia, and it is incredibly important that hospitals continue with a revolution in the way they look after people with dementia. There are some fantastic examples of that around the country, and I want to give them every support and encouragement.
You can sign Lorely's petition to save Ward 10 here http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-ward-10