Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has called on hospital managers to recruit for a vital community specialist nurse post at Ipswich Hospital. The hospital cut the frontline Multiple Sclerosis Nurse post in September 2011 and the position has remained vacant for the past six months.
Dr Poulter has also urged hospital bosses to ensure that key stakeholders, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, are properly consulted as part of plans to develop a jointly funded specialist nurse post with the Suffolk Primary Care Trust.
Ipswich Hospital recently carried out a review of the specialist Multiple Sclerosis post and found the position to be of great importance, particularly as a way of supporting Multiple Sclerosis patients in their own homes and communities, thereby preventing inappropriate hospital admissions. The hospital is now in the process of developing a new jointly funded specialist post with the Primary Care Trust, as part of wider plans to deliver a new model of integrated care that provides better care in the community for MS patients.
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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....