Government prioritises health checks for 15 million adults despite pre-election promise to scrap them

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 07 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2941
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The Department of Health has told Public Health England to prioritise the implementation of regular health checks for people aged 40 to 74 years,1 even though a recent Cochrane systematic review showed that such checks had little effect on health outcomes.2

In April 2009 the Labour government introduced NHS health checks, requiring primary care trusts to screen all adults aged 40 to 74, roughly 15 million people, for diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke risk, regardless of their risk profile.

The checks were introduced despite warnings from …

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