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Health written question – answered on 16th February 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Swift campaign referred to in paragraph 2.42, of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, was introduced; what resources have been committed to support the campaign in each year since its introduction; whether she has assessed the effectiveness of the campaign; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Shift is a five year initiative, running from 2004 to 2009, as part of the National Institute for Mental Health in England's work tackling the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues. Shift is funded by the Department and it received £900,000 in 2003–04 and £1 million in 2004–05.

Shift's work is steered by a board of advisors comprising people from the voluntary sector, the Department and from the National Institute for Mental Health in England, and its work programme is overseen by the Department and a cross government network focusing on mental health issues.

Further information about Shift is available from its website at

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Posted on 24 Feb 2006 6:56 pm (Report this annotation)

would very much like to see the list of people on the advisory team....rosie i note that you have not mentioned any of them being service users or carers....if this is the case surely that is discrimination....we keep being told that we are the experts yet no-one ever seems to want to use our wisdom....