01 MAR 2017

Dr Dan raises importance of mental health in prisons during Parliamentary debate

Dr Dan was delighted to have the opportunity to intervene in a Parliamentary debate on the importance of improving mental health and suicide prevention strategies in prisons.

Amongst other issues, Dr Dan raised the point that suicide in prisons should be taken no less seriously than a suicide which takes place in say, a hospital.  Dr Dan also highlighted the poor level of interaction between the wider mental health system and what goes on in prison, alongside the need to ensure continuity of provision when people return to the community upon discharge from prison.

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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...