29 MAR 2018

Dr Dan joins cross-party call for more funding for NHS

Dr Dan has this week joined leading MPs from across the political spectrum in calling for a tax rise to boost funding for the NHS.

A letter, organised by Dr Sarah Woollaston, chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, and signed by nearly 100 MPs, including Dr Poulter, urges the government to set up a Parliamentary Commission to look at the entire way health care is funded.

It calls on the government to "act with urgency and to take a whole-system approach to the funding of the NHS, social care and public health.  On behalf of all those who rely on services, we need to break down the political barriers and to agree a way forward."

The letter suggests that the Commission could take a year, calling on expert witnesses, and then reporting by Easter 2019.

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Mental Health: Assessment — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (22 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way; she is being very kind. In relation to getting a full picture of suicidality, there are sometimes protective factors that stop people wanting to take their own life. For example, they may have children. There may be other factors in their life that mean that they would not want to go through with the act of ending their life, even though they are having...

Mental Health: Assessment — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (22 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I am sympathetic to a number of the points the hon. Lady makes, although, for an experienced medical professional, one component of assessing somebody who is unwell is looking at how they appear, because that may be a symptom of distress, self-neglect or other issues, notwithstanding the points she has made. One of the challenges she raised is that of those patients with fluctuating...