As we spend Christmas safe in our homes with our friends and family, it is important to remember that there are many people who will not be enjoying a holiday because they will be working to make sure that the rest of us are able to have a safe and enjoyable time.
As usual for this time of year, Dr Dan spent Friday and Saturday night last weekend with the front line staff of our emergency services. On Friday, Dr Dan patrolled the streets of Ipswich with Pc James Perrier, Sgt Joanne Towell and some of our police officers for one of their pre-Christmas night shifts over the busiest weekend of the year.
On Saturday, Dr Dan joined an ambulance crew responding to emergencies on the late night shift. The hardworking front line teams do a remarkable job in often challenging circumstances and regardless of the severity or complexity of their problem, they look after every patient in a professional and compassionate way.
This Christmas and New Year when most people are enjoying themselves, Dr Dan remembers his Christmas shifts as an NHS hospital doctor and took the time to thank these dedicated people who help make our holiday period safe and enjoyable, in particular those who accompanied him this weekend.
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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...