More than 1,500 people have signed a petition against the closure of a mental health ward in Kendal.
The Kentmere Unit at the Westmorland General Hospital is to be closed from the end of June because a Care Quality Commission report found it didn't meet safety standards.
Local MP Tim Farron has set up a petition against the closure of the ward, and it was signed by more than 1,500 local people in the first week.
He says the CQC report did not call for the ward to be closed, and is urging Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to reconsider the closure.
The response to the petition shows that there is overwhelming public backing for the ward, and I will continue to fight against the closure.
The CQC’s report highlighted a number of issues about the physical environment at the ward, but it stopped a long way short of calling for the ward to close. Although certain improvements must be made, these services must not be taken away from South Lakeland.
The Trust in charge of a mental health ward in South Lakeland says it "didn't get the message right" when telling the public of the closure.
Patients of a ward at Westmorland General Hospital that's to close by the end of the Summer say they're devastated.
The psychiatric inpatient unit at Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital will close over quality and safety fears.