Last week, Dr Dan was invited to speak at the East of England Patient Safety Conference organised by the East Anglian branch of the Royal College of Surgeons. He took the opportunity to explain the vital role that surgeons play in our NHS and that giving doctors and nurses a bigger say in how they care for their patients is crucial if we are to have an NHS that genuinely has the highest quality of care at its heart. Dan also paid tribute to the commitment and dedication of the region’s surgeons during his keynote speech and in the questions that followed.
Dan also spoke about the biggest health challenges facing Suffolk, and in particular about caring for our growing ageing population and those with mental health problems. As increasing numbers of older people require help and support, a shift in attitudes towards the delivery of better care in the community, preventative healthcare, and far greater integration between the NHS, local councils, housing and voluntary providers is necessary. It is only by putting those who know what is best for their patients – doctors, surgeons and nurses – in the lead and bringing together and better coordinating hospital, community health, social care, housing and other services, that the financial and human challenge of looking after older people in Suffolk can properly be met.
Dan would like to thank Surjait Singh for inviting him to speak at the conference, and he looks forward to working with the Royal College of Surgeons in his role as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health.
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
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