§ Ms Lynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money she expects to save by the Help Us to Help You campaign; what mechanisms are or will he put in place to monitor the savings that are being made by the campaign; what is the total budget for the Help Us to Help You campaign; and how much of that budget has already been spent.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Help Us to Help You is an initiative to help the development of local campaigns to promote messages about how people can help the health service improve its efficiency and effectiveness and thereby help other patients. It will be for the national health service locally to decide on the exact form and resourcing of local campaigns. Any savings will depend upon the effectiveness of these local campaigns and cannot be estimated centrally.
All regional, district and family health service authorities, NHS trusts, directly-managed hospital units and community health councils have been sent copies of a Help Us to Help You information pack which gives advice about how to develop a local campaign. The total cost of producing the Help Us to Help You packs was £31,870. Copies of the packs are available in the Library.