Mental Health Funding Petition


Patients treated miles from home due to a shortage of acute mental health beds in our region and patients being sent further for day treatment. 

B-Burns-450px.jpgFor people living with serious forms of mental illness, long waits and a lack of support are becoming the norm.

In 2016 the Bruce Burns Unit at Solihull Hospital was closed. It was far from perfect, but we challenged its closure.

We sought assurances that the region would have enough acute mental health beds to prevent Solihull residents being transported many miles for treatment.

The mental health NHS Trust promised a new, re-designed service. This isn’t working!

One Solihull resident told us their partner had to be treated in Woking in Surrey because a bed wasn’t available here. That's a 200+ mile round trip for visitors from Solihull!

Other patients are waiting far too long to receive their first assessments and provision out of the area.

Please sign our petition asking the Mental Health NHS Trust to solve these problems urgently. We will pass your name and postcode on to the Trust, but not your email address.


We the undersigned call on Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to urgently increase the number of acute mental health beds in the region (instead of patients being treated over 100 miles away) , to reduce waiting times for mental health appointments, and to protect current services.

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