Last week, Dan held a meeting with local doctors and medical professionals at Ipswich Hospital, to discuss the future of better integrated healthcare in Suffolk. The audience was made up of local British Medical Association (BMA) and Ipswich and District Clinical Society members. Dan emphasised the importance of breaking down the cultural and financial barriers that exist in health and social care to provide better care in the community and far greater integration between local social services and the NHS, in order to properly look after our growing older population in Suffolk. He spoke of how this lack of integrated care can lead to unnecessary hospital admissions which are both costly to the NHS and distressing for older patients.
Dan also spoke of his concerns following Ipswich Hospital’s decision to drop its bid to become an NHS Foundation Trust, along with the announcement that vascular services are to be lost to Colchester Hospital. He was encouraged to hear how GPs and other health professionals are working together to deliver better community-based commissioning and care in Suffolk. He would like to thank Dr Frank Wells and all of those who attended, and looks forward to taking their suggestions and concerns forward as part of his work on the Health Select Committee.
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Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing today’s debate. It must have struck all of us in the Chamber that any of the challenges she has outlined that refugees face in beginning to engage with life in the UK—whether it be opening a bank account, getting a national insurance number or accessing appropriate healthcare—would be difficult for a British citizen to do within a...
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Psychiatry: Consultants (16 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many specialist older adult Consultant Psychiatrists worked in the NHS in England in each year since 2009 (a) in total and (b) as FTE.