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Health Services: Education

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to NHS bodies on contributing to health awareness weeks; and if he will make a statement. (158425)

The Department does not issue formal guidance to national health service bodies on contributing to health awareness weeks. Participation by individual NHS organisations in such events is arranged at local level.

Where the Department is directly involved in organising awareness weeks, for example National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, it will promote the event to health care professionals and make resources available for use in local activities. For National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, the Department has provided resources such as posters and leaflets.

Where the Department supports awareness weeks organised by third parties it will work with major stakeholders to promote the event to health care professionals through newsletters and other existing channels.