Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust has agreed to provide more hospital beds for mental health patients following a campaign by local MP Lorely Burt.
Lorely launched a petition in November last year following reports that mental health patients were being sent 200 miles away for treatment because of a lack of hospital beds locally.
In January she met with John Short, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, to ask whether more beds could be made available.
Lorely has now received a letter from the Clinical Commissioning Group informing her that resources will be allocated ‘to buy additional local capacity so that hopefully only those requiring very specialist provision need to go out of area.’
“I’m very grateful to the Mental Health Trust for agreeing to take action and I’m proud of the 2,600 local people who signed my petition for more mental health beds.
“When campaigning on the doorstep I’ve found an incredible strength of feeling about this – local people really do care.
“Mental health is a problem that touches so many people. If you were in hospital suffering from a mental health problem, just imagine waking up 200 miles away from your family who want to support you.
“This will make a real difference for some of the most vulnerable people in Solihull.”
Photograph shows Lorely Burt meeting with John Short, Chief Executive of Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust.
Lorely Burt was MP for Solihull when she launched the campaign but, as Parliament has been dissolved, there are no Members of Parliament until after the General Election on 7th May 2015.