The Spring Bank Holiday weekend gave Dan the opportunity to spend time in Suffolk visiting local community groups and events, and it was a pleasure for him to take part in this year’s Kesgrave 5k Fun Run, where he finished within the top 40 runners. It is the third time he has participated in this popular event and he is always impressed by the number of residents, of all ages, who come together to take part in the run. This year, in spite of the bad weather, 329 entrants of all abilities ran, with the proceeds raised going towards St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and the Kesgrave Music Festival.
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. He would also like to extend his thanks to Debbie McCallum, landlady of the Kesgrave Bell, and the organising committee of the Kesgrave Fun Run, along with all those who took part and helped raise money for a very worthy cause.
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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...