28 FEB 2012

Dr Dan backs Government's Health Reforms

Dr Dan on the BBC Daily Politics earlier this monthDr Dan has spent much of the past week communicating the key principles behind the Coalition Government’s healthcare reforms, which will help to improve the delivery of high quality patient care by:

• Ensuring that our NHS always remains a universal and free health service, freely available to everyone.
• Cutting £5 billion worth of unnecessary bureaucracy and waste in the NHS, and ensuring that this money can instead be put into frontline patient care.
• Ensuring that it is healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses), the people who best understand the needs of their patients, who are put in charge of running the NHS
• Supporting greater patient choice and involvement in health care, so that patients are empowered to make informed choices over where, when and how, they are treated by the NHS.
• Taking the first steps towards genuinely integrated health and social care through the establishment of local health and wellbeing boards, which will bring together key organisations (housing, primary care, hospitals and social services care) to improve community health and wellbeing.

Dan believes that there is, and should never be anything controversial about striving to improve the quality of care available to patients and supports the principles of improving NHS patient care which are behind the health and social care bill.

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Dr Dan's work in Parliament

Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....