§ 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.