Rounding off a very busy day in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan was pleased to visit Baylham Care Home to hear of their continued successes and to meet some of the residents.
Following a tour of the Home and watching some residents' games, Dr Dan then had a private meeting with the owners of the care home to discuss their ongoing concerns around funding across the care sector. Dr Dan was pleased to update them on his recent cross-party meeting with the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, where calls were made for greater and more sustainable funding across the entre health and social care sector.
Finally Dr Dan was pleased to finish the day with another busy Advice Bureau in Bramford, where he enjoyed meeting a number of residents and to offer his assistance in resolving some of their concerns.
Following a busy Q&A session with Kesgrave High School sixth form students, Dr Dan was then pleased to meet with the senior leadership team at the school to hear of their continuing success, but also to address their concerns.
Dr Dan then attended a meeting at Suffolk County Council's headquarters in Endeavour House to discuss educational attainment and funding issues at schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.
Dr Dan was pleased to learn that schools across his constituency are performing very well he was also able to feed back on issues from central Government, including a Westminster Hall debate he had spoken in during the previous week on funding for early years education provision.
Dr Dan Poulter was pleased to visit Felgain's in Ipswich on Friday morning to learn more about their new range of specialist products developed for the care sector.
As well as supplying mobility products to members of the public, Felgain's have also expanded and grown into providing specialist products for the care sector, including for therapists, hospitals and care homes.
During his visit, Dr Dan was very impressed with one of their many new products - the Raizer Emergency Lifting Chair, which is an innovative product which can be invaluable in helping to lift vulnerable people following a fall. The equipment was demonstrated to Dr Dan during his visit, as the photograph shows.
Dr Dan was delighted to meet with a group of sixth form students from Kesgrave High School, who were all too keen to put their questions to Dr Dan.
The session was very well attended with a wide range of well prepared questions on topics from health to education, and from Brexit to President Trump.
Prior to meeting the students, Dr Dan met with the senior leadership team from the school and was very impressed with the new cafe facilities and the progress and direction of the school.
Dr Dan has called upon Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) to better prioritise mental health services, stating that it is time for the CCH to expand early interention in psychosis services for patients in Suffolk.
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Dr Dan this morning appeared on BBC 2's Victoria Deryshire show as part of a Panel discussing the High Court's judgement today on Brexit.
Watch the programme here and skip through to 01:39:00 to watch the debate.
Dr Dan met with Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor James Finch, who has agreed to a meeting looking at urgent improvements on the A140.
Mid Suffolk Business Park, located adjacent to the former site of Eye Airfield, plays host to a number of haulage and light industrial businesses who have been attracted to the area by the strong transport and infrastructure links, with the A140 being a key route. Not only is the road the key route between Ipswich and Norwich, but it also carries through traffic from the Midlands and from the Port of Felixstowe, linking directly with the A14.
Dr Dan has been contacted by a number of businesses reporting their ongoing concerns about access to and from their business bases on the Industrial Park, with lengthy queues and delays entering and exiting the area. The main access into the Industrial Park is via an incredibly busy junction and the flow of traffic is all too regularly slowed or halted by vehicles attempting to enter or leave the site, creating the further risk of accidents or diminished road safety,
Dr Dan has called for this meeting, with the backing of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, to highlight the concerns of these businesses, as well as to address concerns from local residents around accidents at the site with a number of road traffic collisions being previously recorded. It is felt by many that the development of a roundabout at this site would significantly help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the risk of further accidents.
Meeting with County Councillor James Finch on Friday morning, Dr Dan said "I am delighted that Cllr Finch has agreed to this meeting; with further development expected in the area, the time has come for improvements at this very busy junction. I would like to see contributions coming from developers, linked to new housing or to industrial development and I am asking Suffolk County Council to ensure that this this vital Highways improvement is escalated as a priority project."
Stephen Britt, Chair of Suffolk Chamber's Transport & Infrastructure Board: "It's good to see Suffolk County Council is willing to enter into early discussions to find solutions to the growing problems surrounding the A140. This road is a key element in Suffolk's infrastructure and is neither fit for the purposes of businesses now leave alone in the future. We are especially pleased that Dr. Dan Poulter has so vigorously taken up the matter with key decision-makers."
Dr Dan has secured backing from the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom, MP that honest food labelling for British farming and agriculture is one of the key opportunities to come out of Brexit.
Dr Dan highlighted that one of the current difficulties faced by the agricultural sector is the issue of honest food labelling which currently operates under the constraints of EU legislation. Under this legislation, food which is not necessarily grown or produced in this country can still be labelled as British produce. For example, food which is farmed or produced overseas may simply be sliced or packaged here yet it can still carry the British food label.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Dr Dan specifically asked the Secretary of State if she agreed that there is a real opportunity on leaving the European Union for us to see honest food labelling, meaning that consumers can genuinely know that food is grown, farmed and produced here in Britain and therefore choose British produce with confidence.
The Secretary of State responded by saying that although improvements have already been made through voluntary and compulsory schemes for labelling, she also agreed with Dr Dan and shared his concerns before confirming that this issue will continue to be considered as we leave the European Union and EU legislation.
Speaking on the announcement, Dr Dan said "This announcement by the Secretary of State is welcome news indeed for British farmers, not least of all those in Central Suffolk who I met with only recently to discuss concerns such as these. I have long been a champion and advocate of honest food labelling and am delighted that I was able to raise this important issue in the House."
"Clearly there are a number of other issues regarding food labelling and traceability to negotiate going forwards, but this is most certainly a very positive step in the right direction and one which I hope will reassure farmers in Central Suffolk that I will certainly do my best to represent their views as we continue on the path to negotiating our future outside of the European Union and most importantly, to ensure that Suffolk's farmers are well placed continue operating in our already world-leading food and farming industry."
Dr Dan talks to the Sun newspaper regarding the current funding crisis within the NHS and social care.
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Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Buildings (9 Feb 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many properties held by NHS Property Services are vacant.
Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS Property Services (9 Feb 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial management structures have been put in place to ensure that NHS Property Services offers value for money.