Following a meeting today in Parliament with the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is confident that Ipswich Hospital, its patients and staff can look forward to a bright future.
Dr Poulter arranged the meeting with the man in charge of Britain’s NHS, in order to gain support from the Government in addressing Ipswich Hospital’s longstanding financial problems. Fellow Suffolk MPs Ben Gummer and Therese Coffey also attended the meeting.
Today’s meeting follows the appointment at Ipswich of new interim Chief Executive Nigel Beverley, along with the welcome news that Ipswich Hospital is to gain a new £5 million specialist heart unit, and Suffolk’s MPs are determined to give the new man at the helm of the hospital their strong support.
As a result of the meeting, the Department of Health will now be working more closely to help the team at Ipswich Hospital in its efforts to tackle the hospital’s debt, and vitally for Ipswich Hospital’s future, to support Ipswich in its renewed bid for Foundation Trust status. Foundation Trust status will give Ipswich Hospital more control over its financial affairs, and allow it to develop future healthcare services suited to the needs of patients in Ipswich and Suffolk.
At the meeting, Andrew Lansley spoke warmly of the hospital, offering the Government’s support in helping the hospital to develop new more community based health services in the years ahead, particularly to deliver better care in the community for the many older people in Suffolk.
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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...