Since being elected as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2010 Dan’s main priority has been to meet with residents from all parts of his Central Suffolk in order to hear their views and help with their problems. His successful Meet Your MP events have taken place in many parishes across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, from Wickham Market to Palgrave. Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents, and to hear their views as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP. He would like to extend his thanks to Honorary Parish Clerk Nicholas Redman for inviting him to attend. He looks forward to his next Meet Your MP event.
Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to one of Central Suffolk’s smaller parishes at Great Glemham for the annual parish council meeting, where he answered a number of questions, ranging from the Government’s support for faster broadband in rural areas, giving more powers to rural parishes as part of the Coalition’s Localism Act, his work in Parliament to support farming, and the need to provide more community-focussed health and social care to look after our growing number of older people in Suffolk. Dan also addressed specific concerns relating to the possible effect on school bus services if the proposed Saxmundham Free School is given the green light following consultation with local parents.
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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...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...