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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Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on facilitating health professionals in England to travel to low and middle income countries to provide healthcare education and training; and if she will make a statement.
Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Mental Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve mental health provision in low and middle income countries.