About Dr Dan
Dr Dan Poulter was elected MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in May 2010, having previously worked as an NHS hospital doctor specialising primarily in obstetrics, gynaecology and women's health. Dr Poulter had continued to practice medicine as an NHS hospital doctor on an occasional basis in order to keep in touch with the real world and the problems and concerns of the people of Suffolk. He also has a Law Degree from Bristol University.
Dr Poulter is a strong believer in MPs having experience of life outside of politics and he uses his background as an NHS doctor to stand up for the needs of the people of Suffolk on a number of issues, particularly fighting for high-quality local health care services and supporting the needs of older people.
In September 2012 Dr Poulter joined the Government as a Minister (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State) for Health. His responsibilities include women and children's health, nursing and Veteran's health.
Outside of medicine, Dr Poulter was previously Deputy Leader of Reigate and Banstead Council (2008 -10) where he delivered multi-million pound regeneration projects, as well as the national award winning Preston Home Energy and Water Conservation Project which not only reduced household carbon emissions but also saved people money on their home energy bills.
Dr Poulter has previously helped to set up medical and lifestyle advice clinics for the homeless and people with drug and alcohol misuse problems. He is also a strong supporter of Help for Heroes, and helps raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. Dr Poulter remains a keen rugby player, cricketer, and golfer, and until recently played on a social basis for Guys Hospital Rugby Club.