Last week, Dan visited St Michael’s Church in Framlingham for the annual St Elizabeth Hospice Light up a Life event, which allows people to remember the loved ones they have lost through a series of readings, Christmas carols, music and private reflection. Many of us have experienced the difficulty of losing a relative or friend, and the Light up a Life events bring together people who are missing someone at what can be a difficult time of year.
Dan is a great supporter of St Elizabeth Hospice, which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. The single biggest challenge facing our health service in Suffolk is meeting the human and financial cost of better looking after our growing number of people at end of their lives and hospices like St Elizabeth, which rely on charitable donations to carry out their work, support vulnerable older people in their own homes and communities by providing a valuable ‘hospice at home’ service. All the staff and volunteers at the hospice work tirelessly to look after residents towards the end of their lives and Dan would like to pay tribute to their efforts all year-round and for organising another successful Light up a Life event in Framlingham.
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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...