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Letters Annual health checks

GPs should take annual health checks for people with learning difficulties seriously

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 16 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5220
  1. Jan Walmsley, visiting chair, leadership and workforce development, London South Bank University1,
  2. Gareth Price, champion2,
  3. Matt Hoghton, Royal College of General Practitioners learning disabilities champion3
  1. 1Aylesbury HP22 4PL, UK
  2. 2My Life My Choice, The Jam Factory, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK
  3. 3Clevedon Riverside Group, Clevedon BS21 6DG, UK
  1. janwalmsleyassociates{at}

Data published in July 2011 show that the number of annual health checks for people with learning disabilities increased only marginally, from 41% of those eligible in 2009-10 to 49% in 2010-1.1

Health checks covering physical and mental health should lead to earlier detection of health issues.2 GPs are incentivised to offer them through a …

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