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Julian & Caroline take fight for Dementia Ward 10 to the top!

Caroline Spelman MP for Meriden and local NHS campaigner, Julian Knight have met with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt to tell him of the threat to dementia ward 10 at Solihull hospital.The emergency summit over ward 10 is just the latest step in Julian and Caroline's joint campaign for better elderly care services in Solihull.  And, Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has been championing care for those in dementia through a series of national campaigns.

Protest grows over threat to Dementia Ward 10

Julian Knight, local NHS campaigner and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull, has led a mass protest at Solihull hospital over plans to close Dementia Ward 10. Dozens of demonstrators gathered to show their support for the staff and patients on Dementia Ward 10.Julian said “If the powers that be want to know how much this matters they need only log onto the Save Ward 10 facebook page or see the signatures on my petition – Labour, Green and Conservative supporters it doesn’t matter, this issue cuts across mere politics. It is about the most vulnerable people in our town who have worked all their lives and deserve the best care.”

Caroline joins Environment Secretary at NEC careers event

Local MP Caroline Spelman recently attended the Big Bang careers fair at the NEC with Owen Paterson MP, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The free educational event for schools, families and community groups ran from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th March.  It aimed to inspire and educate 7-19 year olds about exciting opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Julian Knight secures emergency summit with Health Secretary over proposals to close Dementia Ward 10

Julian Knight, local NHS campaigner and prospective Conservative MP for Solihull, has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP asking for urgent talks over the threatened closure of Solihull Hospital’s Dementia Ward 10.  Julian has been told by senior officials at the Department of Health that his request for an urgent meeting with Jeremy Hunt has been accepted.  This meeting will take place at the earliest opportunity. Julian has joined with Meriden Constituency MP, Caroline Spelman to campaign to keep this crucial service. Last week, Caroline Spelman alerted residents to the impending closure of Dementia Ward 10. 

Flooding in Widney Lane

For over  a year, your Conservative Action Team have been working to solve flooding problems in Widney Lane. Severn Trent have had over 20 teams working on the problem. They have replaced part of their sewer by Marshall Lake Road, which was blocked by cement and cleared out roots blocking the sewer in many parts of Widney Lane. Investigative  work has also been carried out into  flooding in peoples back gardens.Solihull Council have cleared out the ditch in Brick Kiln Lane into which the sewer flows. This included removing a very large fallen tree. 

Monday 10th March 2014 - Public meeting into the future of urgent care services at Solihull Hospital

Julian Knight says "I just wanted to remind you I am chairing a landmark public meeting into the future of both Solihull's walk-in centre and Accident and Emergency service. This meeting will give the people of Solihull the chance to put questions to Dr Patrick Brooke who heads up Solihull's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for the planned changes to the NHS in Solihull.  Dr Matthew Cooke will also be attending the meeting, and a representative of Healthwatch will also be answering questions.   I am very conscious that we are undergoing the biggest changes in a generation to the NHS in Solihull, and this is a chance for the people of Solihull to put their questions in an open public meeting."

Caroline Spelman takes action over Dementia ward closure

Caroline Spelman MP visited Solihull hospital on Friday to learn about the new Urgent Care Centre and was shown the dementia ward due for closure in March.Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden; said: "It cannot be right to close the dementia ward when the population of Solihull is ageing. Dementia afflicts 25% of all patients admitted over the age of 80. “I saw with my own eyes how the care of mental health and geriatric nurses together is helping these vulnerable elderly patients recover from setbacks and get ready to return to independent living. “No-one warned me about this as a local MP or explained what will replace this valuable service. So I will get to the bottom of what has gone wrong and try to restore it.”

Julian Knight saves the Number 73 bus

Julian Knight saves the Number 73 busJulian Knight's five month campaign to save the "NHS lifeline" number 73 bus service from Solihull to Heartlands hospital has finally succeeded.

Julian Knight to chair public meeting into the future of urgent care services at Solihull Hospital

Julian Knight to chair public meeting into the future of urgent care services at Solihull HospitalJulian Knight, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Solihull and local NHS campaigner, is to chair a landmark public meeting into the future of both Solihull's walk-in centre and Accident and Emergency. The meeting will give the people of Solihull the chance to put questions to Dr Patrick Brooke who heads up Solihull's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for the planned changes to the NHS in Solihull.   The meeting will take place at Solihull Moors Football Club, Damson Park, Damson Parkway Solihull on Monday, 10th March, starting at 6.30pm.

Caroline Spelman MP delighted at JLR recruitment in Solihull

Local MP Caroline Spelman is delighted that Jaguar Land Rover has started the recruitment process for 1,700 new jobs at their Solihull plant.  Announced in September 2013, the jobs include skills-training through studying for an NVQ II qualification in Business Improvement Techniques. The first phase of recruitment will open up 500 semi-skilled production operator jobs, as part of a £1.5 bn investment and wider plans for growth and expansion of the Solihull branch.  Two further recruitment phases will take place later in the year and in early 2015.