Last week, Dan was invited to visit the new Treehouse childrens’ hospice in Ipswich. He is always filled with admiration for the wonderful work of the dedicated staff and volunteers at our hospices in Ipswich and Suffolk. Staff at the Treehouse Hospice not only provide specialist end of life care on site in Ipswich but also provide excellent outreach care for families both at home and in the community.
The Hospice, which is run by the East Anglia Children’s Hospices charity, provides support for children with life-threatening conditions and their families from Suffolk and North Essex, and was recently built after £3 million was raised in a successful public appeal. Thousands of residents, along with many local businesses, community groups and charitable trusts helped to raise the money to enable the facility to be built last year. The state-of-the-art Hospice offers a wide range of advanced facilities for young people with terminal illnesses, including a multi-sensory studio, hydrotherapy pool, music room, play areas, sensory garden, a woodland walk and specialist outdoor play equipment.
Dan would like to extend his warmest congratulations to Chief Executive Graham Butland and the staff, trustees and volunteers who work so tirelessly to care for these young people. He would also like to thank Fundraiser Vanessa Bell, who kindly showed him around the hospice, and looks forward to continuing his support of the Hospice in the weeks and 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...