Following a meeting today in Parliament with the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is confident that Ipswich Hospital, its patients and staff can look forward to a bright future.
Dr Poulter arranged the meeting with the man in charge of Britain’s NHS, in order to gain support from the Government in addressing Ipswich Hospital’s longstanding financial problems. Fellow Suffolk MPs Ben Gummer and Therese Coffey also attended the meeting.
Today’s meeting follows the appointment at Ipswich of new interim Chief Executive Nigel Beverley, along with the welcome news that Ipswich Hospital is to gain a new £5 million specialist heart unit, and Suffolk’s MPs are determined to give the new man at the helm of the hospital their strong support.
As a result of the meeting, the Department of Health will now be working more closely to help the team at Ipswich Hospital in its efforts to tackle the hospital’s debt, and vitally for Ipswich Hospital’s future, to support Ipswich in its renewed bid for Foundation Trust status. Foundation Trust status will give Ipswich Hospital more control over its financial affairs, and allow it to develop future healthcare services suited to the needs of patients in Ipswich and Suffolk.
At the meeting, Andrew Lansley spoke warmly of the hospital, offering the Government’s support in helping the hospital to develop new more community based health services in the years ahead, particularly to deliver better care in the community for the many older people in Suffolk.
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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...
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