Dan always enjoy visiting our community groups, schools and businesses in Suffolk and last week he had the opportunity to meet some of our local shop owners when he visited Fircroft Road as part of his busy Friday constituency schedule. Dan spoke to staff and customers as he visited the local Co-operative pharmacy before going into the Croft’s Bakery and the Fircroft Post Office.
Whilst trading conditions have not been easy over the past few years, he was also encouraged to see a steady stream of local people supporting their independent stores. There has been much debate in Ipswich recently about the town’s future, prompted by the Ipswich Star’s excellent Beacon campaign and, as the former Marks and Spencers boss Sir Stuart Rose recently commented, although our county town isn’t perfect, residents in Ipswich will have an important role to play in helping to improve it in the years ahead. Supporting our small and medium-sized shops and businesses is one way of doing this. After all, they form the lifeblood of our economy in Suffolk by providing jobs for local people, driving economic growth and giving the town its unique identity.
Dan would like to thank local County Councillor David Goldsmith for accompanying him on his visit.
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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...