Letters NHS health checks

NHS health checks are a waste of resources

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1006 (Published 24 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1006
  1. Alain Braillon, senior consultant1,
  2. Susan Bewley, professor of complex obstetrics, King’s College London2,
  3. Charlotta Pisinger, associate professor3,
  4. Roger A Fisken, consultant physician4,
  5. Caroline Richmond, retired medical journalist5
  1. 1University Hospital. 80000 Amiens, France
  2. 2Women’s Health Academic Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SEI 7EH, UK
  3. 3Research Center for Prevention and Health, Capital Region, Center for Sundhed, Glostrup University Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark
  4. 4Bedale DL8 2JE, UK
  5. 5London, UK
  1. braillon.alain{at}gmail.com

News that the government defends NHS health checks for 40-74 year olds but promises evaluation deserves more attention.1 General health checks have been evaluated: they neither reduce morbidity nor mortality, overall, for cardiovascular disease, or for cancer.2 3 4

The government was warned. In 2008, the prime minister announced “everyone in England will have access to the right preventative health check-up.” The president of the Faculty of Public Health stated …

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