Dr Dan Poulter is an NHS hospital doctor who was first elected as MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in May 2010. In September 2012, Dr Dan joined the Government as a health minister with responsibilities including maternity, children's health, veteran's health, NHS procurement, estates and the NHS workforce.
Dr Dan is a strong believer in MPs having experience of life outside of politics, and he uses his background and real life experience as an NHS hospital doctor in fighting for the needs of the people of Suffolk.
The people of Suffolk are Dr Dan's first priority, and he has helped to secure a new heart unit at Ipswich Hospital so that people do not have to travel to Cambridge or Essex for routine lifesaving heart treatments, and gained £1.5 million of Government cash to refurbish and keep open our much loved Hartismere Community Hospital in Eye.
As a great supporter of our local businesses, Dr Dan has helped to double the number of apprenticeships in Suffolk, and help give our young people a better start in life. Dr Dan has also secured £27 million of Government cash to ensure that all homes in Suffolk receive a much improved broadband service by 2018, and helped to ensure that the hourly train service was returned on the East Suffolk train line between Ipswich and Lowestoft via Westerfield, Woodbridge and Wickham Market.
As a Government health minister, Dr Dan has used his first-hand knowledge and expertise working as an NHS hospital doctor to introduce new language checks for overseas doctors and nurses, to ensure they are able to speak a good standard of English before treating patients. He has also overseen improvements in the healthcare and support available to our brave armed forces veterans, and overseen a massive expansion in our NHS early years workforce with more than 4000 additional health visitors helping new mums
and families to give their new baby the very best start in life. Dr Dan is a great believer in spending public money wisely, and has helped save our NHS over £500 million through improvements in procurement processes and reducing bureaucracy – money which has been reinvested in front-line patient care.
Dr Dan likes to give of his free time to charity. He is a strong supporter of Help for Heroes and helps raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. He has previously helped to set up medical and lifestyle advice clinics for the homeless and people with alcohol and substance misuse problems.
When time permits, Dr Dan remains a keen rugby player, cricketer and golfer, and he enjoys taking his dog Bruno for walks in our beautiful Suffolk countryside.