The day after the Chancellor George Osborne presented the Government's last budget of the Parliament, Dr Dan was delighted to be invited to discuss the Budget at a lunch attended by representatives of over 100 local businesses.
This year's budget has many benefits for businesses in the East of England and introduced the Broadband Connection Voucher scheme. Dr Dan has been at the vanguard of the campaign to improve Suffolk's broadband and helped secure £27 million of Government funds to deliver high speed broadband to 90% of Suffolk's homes by the end of 2015. He welcomed this new Government initiative, which provides up to £3,000 to support broadband connection and is open to all SME's, charities, social enterprises and sole traders, as a helpful addition to the good work already done in bringing high speed broadband to our area.
Dr Dan also warmly welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to the East Anglian Air Ambulance by providing funding for a new lifesaving helicopter which will have more room for extra crew members and the ability to fly over greater distances.
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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...