18 OCT 2018

Suffolk MP appointed Chair of influential Parliamentary Global Health Forum

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter has been re-elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health. The APPG is an influential group which provides a platform to identify and debate global health issues and concerns, as well as raising the profile of global health issues within Parliament and with Governments in the UK and beyond.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health was formed by Lord Nigel Crisp to focus on the underlying, cross-cutting health issues which affect us all, no matter where in the world we live. The group offers recommendations and advice to Parliament on key policies impacting health in the UK and overseas, and aims to influence those Government policies which most affect population health from across all areas of Government activity. Together with leading academic institutions, The Lancet and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health link the interests, impact and knowledge of MPs and Members of the House of Lords with the expertise and experience of the wider global health community.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Dan said: "It is a great honour to have been re-elected as Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and I would like to thank the Group for appointing me as their Co-Chair, alongside Lord Crisp. The APPG works hard to raise awareness of the physical and mental health challenges that we face here in the UK and overseas. I am looking forward to continuing to draw upon my experience and knowledge as a practising NHS doctor and building upon this influential Group's achievements, as well as working to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients here in the UK and globally."

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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...