Last week, Dr Dan was delighted to support the local Co-Op in Wickham Market and our frontline paramedics in the East of England Ambulance Service by unveiling the first of 100 heart defibrillators that will be rolled out in rural communities across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. A large number of local people visited the Co-Op store in Wickham Market as Dan spoke about how the new heart defibrillators can provide life-saving support before paramedics arrive on the scene in an emergency situation when someone’s heart stops beating.
It is estimated that someone has a heart attack every two minutes in the UK and a third of those who suffer a fatal heart attack die before they can be taken to hospital. Defibrillators help to restart the heart in the event of an emergency and will make a vital difference in helping to save lives in our harder to reach, rural Suffolk communities.
Dan would like to pay tribute to our hardworking frontline paramedics and community first responders in Suffolk and to thank everyone involved in launching this excellent initiative.
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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...