Last week, Dan visited St Michael’s Church in Framlingham for the annual St Elizabeth Hospice Light up a Life event, which allows people to remember the loved ones they have lost through a series of readings, Christmas carols, music and private reflection. Many of us have experienced the difficulty of losing a relative or friend, and the Light up a Life events bring together people who are missing someone at what can be a difficult time of year.
Dan is a great supporter of St Elizabeth Hospice, which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. The single biggest challenge facing our health service in Suffolk is meeting the human and financial cost of better looking after our growing number of people at end of their lives and hospices like St Elizabeth, which rely on charitable donations to carry out their work, support vulnerable older people in their own homes and communities by providing a valuable ‘hospice at home’ service. All the staff and volunteers at the hospice work tirelessly to look after residents towards the end of their lives and Dan would like to pay tribute to their efforts all year-round and for organising another successful Light up a Life event in Framlingham.
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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....