Over the Christmas period Dan wanted to pay tribute to the hard working doctors, nurses, police and paramedics and many others who work on the frontline of our emergency services and who provided us with a dedicated service all through the Christmas and New Year period.
Along with Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, Dan went to show support to the staff who were running the A&E service at West Suffolk Hospital. They were kind enough to show Dan and David around and explain how their department was set to run throughout the holiday period. Dan and David also spoke to many hard working staff and visited the wards and recovery areas where A&E patients would go if they needed to stay in hospital a little longer after initial treatment.
Later in the evening and during the night, Dan joined some of our local police officers in Ipswich for one of their night shifts. Starting at 10:00pm and finishing at 4:00am (the officers started before and finished after Dan did!). Patrolling the centre of Ipswich Town centre they ensured everybody could enjoy their evening out in safety, with the knowledge if they needed help it was close at hand. Dan also spent some time in one of the response cars answering calls as they flashed in from the control room.
On Christmas Day Dan went to Ipswich Hospital and was welcomed by Nick Hulme (CEO) who took him on a tour of the wards including the Acute Admissions Unit, Elderly Care and to meet some new mothers and babies in the Maternity Unit. Dan then spent a very informative and interesting time with many members of staff and sat in on the Daily Operations Meeting.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...