Last week, Dr Dan was invited to speak at the East of England Patient Safety Conference organised by the East Anglian branch of the Royal College of Surgeons. He took the opportunity to explain the vital role that surgeons play in our NHS and that giving doctors and nurses a bigger say in how they care for their patients is crucial if we are to have an NHS that genuinely has the highest quality of care at its heart. Dan also paid tribute to the commitment and dedication of the region’s surgeons during his keynote speech and in the questions that followed.
Dan also spoke about the biggest health challenges facing Suffolk, and in particular about caring for our growing ageing population and those with mental health problems. As increasing numbers of older people require help and support, a shift in attitudes towards the delivery of better care in the community, preventative healthcare, and far greater integration between the NHS, local councils, housing and voluntary providers is necessary. It is only by putting those who know what is best for their patients – doctors, surgeons and nurses – in the lead and bringing together and better coordinating hospital, community health, social care, housing and other services, that the financial and human challenge of looking after older people in Suffolk can properly be met.
Dan would like to thank Surjait Singh for inviting him to speak at the conference, and he looks forward to working with the Royal College of Surgeons in his role as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health.
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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...