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Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department gave to World Hepatitis Day on 19 May 2008; and if he will make a statement. (209112)

As part of its ongoing hepatitis C awareness campaign, FaCe It, the Department specifically funded a series of activities to coincide with World Hepatitis Day, including:

a touring exhibition of photographic portraits of people with hepatitis C which visited three towns in London—Croydon, Camden and Stratford;

a day of radio interviews with Beach Boy, David Marks, who has had hepatitis C and media doctor/television presenter, Dr. Mark Porter; and

promotion of press and radio features about case studies of real patients affected by hepatitis C, who work with the FaCe It campaign.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State offered a message of support for World Hepatitis Day.