01 FEB 2019

Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter, raises concerns about future of Mental Health Trust

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today voiced his concern about potential plans to break up the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Mental Health Trust.

Speaking out just a week after a cross-party challenge to NHS Improvement, criticising a lack of action since the Trust's latest Special Measures rating, Dr Dan warned that "knee jerk reactions to what is happenin at the Trust could be very disruptive."

As someone who works part-time in mental health services in the NHS and who understands the day to day challenges faced, Dr Dan wrote to the Deputy Chief Inspector of the Care Quality Commission to express his concerns.  In his letter, copied to all MPs across Norfolk and Suffolk, Dr Dan states that "It is vitally important to understand and evaluate the scale of challenges facing the trust before making longer term recommendations about the future composition of mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk."

Dr Dan also warned that prior to its merger into the NSFT, Suffolk as a standalone mental health trust experienced "significant financial and patient care challenges".

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Medical Aesthetics Industry: Regulation (14 May 2019)
Daniel Poulter: My hon. Friend makes some good points about the need for better regulation. The challenge is about who we would be regulating, how we would set up a new body and how indemnity insurance would work for people working in the cosmetics industry. We know that healthcare professionals who do cosmetics have indemnity insurance; they have a regulated body they can be held accountable to. Would it...

Plastics Recycling (23 Apr 2019)
Daniel Poulter: The right hon. Gentleman is making a very good speech. Does the issue that he has just raised not bring a wider and more important principle into the debate? Just as with energy production, the Government are beginning to meet targets through interconnectors and looking at importing renewable energy, perhaps from Denmark and elsewhere. Part of the issue is that the Government are potentially...