Dan always enjoys meeting with Ipswich and Suffolk’s young people and listening to their views and opinions. Last week Dan visited Westbourne Sports College and spoke with Head Teacher Chris Edwards, before holding a lively Question and Answer session with students from the School Council. A number of topics were covered during his session with the Westbourne College students, including his work as both an MP and an NHS hospital doctor, whilst he was also asked about the opportunities that are available for young people in Ipswich and Suffolk. He outlined the action he has been taking to improve opportunities for young people in Ipswich by helping to secure funding for improvements at Whitton United Football Club, which is now a real focal point of the local community in North-West Ipswich. It was an enjoyable session and all of the students were a real credit to their teacher, Ashley Hailstone.
Since being elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan has worked closely with Head Teacher Chris Edwards to fight for much-needed funding from Suffolk County Council for vital building improvements at Westbourne. For years, the buildings at Westbourne have not been fit for purpose. Although still awaiting the official announcement, Dan is delighted to have helped gain funding for a purpose built ‘new build’ kitchen and dining facilities as well as social spaces for students and some additional car parking at the school. The council has also committed to funding essential refurbishment works at the school over the next three years. Modern buildings fit for the 21st century are the very least that the hard working teachers and students at Westbourne Sports College deserve, and Dan looks forward to following the school’s progress in the months ahead.
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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...