HC Deb 03 May 1994 vol 242 c445W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what television advertisements her Department has paid for to promote Her Majesty's Government's health policy over the last two years; if she will consider running advertisements to educate the public about not calling out general practitioners unnecessarily at night; if she will examine the results of similar campaigns in Canada; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville

Television advertising campaigns for drug and solvent misuse and for organ donation have been carried out in each of the last two years at a total estimated cost of £5,509,156.

We are, jointly with the medical profession, working on an extension of the "Help Us to Help You" campaign to inform patients about making best, and appropriate, use of general practitioner out-of-hours services. We have no plans to use television advertising in this campaign.

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