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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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...
Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.