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"Avoiding Heart Attacks"

Volume 21: debated on Wednesday 31 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to promote and to make widely available the Department's booklet "Avoiding Heart Attacks".

The booklet "Avoiding Heart Attacks" is available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office and through booksellers. On publication in November 1981, copies were sent to health authorities for the attention of those most concerned with health education and prevention and to general practitioners. My hon. Friend the Member for Reading, South (Dr. Vaughan) held a press conference at the time which attracted considerable national publicity and the booklet was featured on the front page of the Health Education Council's newspaper "Health Education News", which is widely circulated. The Department's quarterly bulletin of publications also drew health authorities' attention to it, indicating where further copies could be obtained. We shall be taking every suitable opportunity to refer to the publication in appropriate speeches.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many copies of "Avoiding Heart Attacks" have been sold through Her Majesty's Stationery Office since its publication date last November; and how many have been distributed to the health professions.

Up to 28 February 1982 a total of 13,130 copies had been issued for sale by Her Majesty's Stationery Office central store; figures for copies sold could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. 26,637 copies have been distributed to general practitioners and health authorities in England.