Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has welcomed Suffolk County Council’s decision to keep Paddock House care home in Eye open until a new care home and community health facility has been built as part of the redevelopment of Hartismere community hospital.
Dr Poulter has visited Paddock House on several occasions and has led calls to keep the care home, which is highly valued by staff, residents, and the local community, open. Importantly, Paddock House currently houses the community hospital beds which were moved from Hartismere Hospital when the latter closed for refurbishment in 2006.
Suffolk County Council is currently in the final stages of finding a new provider to run and redevelop Suffolk’s care homes, following a public consultation into the future of the County’s care homes which ended last year. The leader of Suffolk County Council, Cllr. Mark Bee, has assured Dr Poulter that Paddock House cannot be closed given the vital importance of the community care beds that are located there.
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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...