Dr Dan has been re-elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health at the Group's recent AGM. The APPG is an influential group which provides a parliamentary platform to identify and debate global health issues and concerns, not to mention raising the profile of global health issues within Parliament and with Governments in the UK and elsewhere.
The APPG on Global Health was formed by Lord Nigel Crisp to focus on the underlying, cross-cutting health issues which affect us all, no matter where in the world we live. The group offers recommendations and advice to Parliament on key policies impacting health in the UK and overseas, and aims to influence those Government policies which most affect population health from across all areas of Government activity. Together with leading academic institutions, The Lancet and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health link the interests, impact and knowledge of MPs and Members of the House of Lords with the expertise and experience of the wider global health community.
Upon being re-elected as co-Chair of the group, Dr Dan said "It is a great honour to have been re-elected as Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and would like to thank the Group for appointing me as their Co-Chair, alongside Lord Crisp. The APPG endeavours to raise awareness of the physical and mental health challenges that we face here in the UK and overseas. It is impossible to clearly differentiate the health challenges here in the UK from health issues abroad and it is therefore important to consider policies from across many sectors of Government which may also affect health policy, which can in turn lead to improving care for patients.
"I'm looking forward to continuing to draw upon my experience and knowledge as a practising NHS doctor and building upon this influential Group's achievements, as well as working to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients here in the UK and globally."
More information about the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health can be found at www.appg-globalhealth.org.uk
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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...