Dr Dan Poulter is an NHS hospital doctor, working in mental health services, who was first elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2010.
Dr Dan is a strong believer in MPs having experience of life outside of politics, and he has used his background and real life experience from his work as an NHS hospital doctor to campaign and care for the needs of the people of Suffolk.
The people of Suffolk are always Dr Dan's first priority and he 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. He also gained £1.5 million of Government cash to refurbish and keep open our much loved Hartismere Community Hospital in Eye and has recently been fighting to expand NHS community hospital beds at Hartismere Place Care Home.
Using his experience as an NHS Psychiatrist, Dr Dan has also been campaigning to improve mental health services in Suffolk, particularly for young people, and has been pleased to help secure new inpatient beds for mental health patients in our area, as well as an expansion in the early intervention in psychosis service.
As a great supporter of our local businesses, Dr Dan helped to double the number of apprenticeships in Suffolk, helping to give our young people a better start in life. Dr Dan also secured £27 million of Government money to ensure that all homes in Suffolk receive a much improved broadband service by 2020. He also 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 between 2012 and 2015, Dr Dan 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 in England. He oversaw improvements in the healthcare and support available to our brave armed forces veterans, and also a massive expansion in our NHS early years' workforce with more than 4000 additional health visitors being made available to help new mums and families to give their new babies the very best start in life.
Dr Dan is also a great believer in spending public money wisely and helped save our NHS over £500 million through improvements in procurement processes and reducing bureaucracy – money which has since been reinvested in front-line patient care.
Since the election in 2015 Dr Dan took an active interest in Energy and Climate Change issues, and was a member of the influential Energy and Climate Change Select Committee until the committee was dissolved in 2015-16. He also Chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health, which aims to improve healthcare for people in low and middle income countries.
Dr Dan likes to give of his free time to charity. He has been a strong supporter of Help for Heroes and helps to 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.