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Government defends NHS health checks for people aged 40-74 but promises evaluation

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h581 (Published 02 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h581
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government has defended the NHS Health Check programme despite calls from MPs for a full review of the scheme after concerns about its effectiveness and use of resources. However, two national research projects looking at its effect have been commissioned and are due to report early this year.

The government published its official response on 29 January to a report on national health screening from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, published in October last year.1 2 3

The NHS Health Check …

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