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NHS Health Check programme wastes £450m a year, report says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 22 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5039
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The NHS Health Check programme is ineffective and wastes £450m (€620m; $700m) a year, a highly critical report has said.

The programme is advertised as a free “midlife MOT” for everyone in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition. The check, offered every five years, assesses a patient’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, and dementia and provides support and advice to help them manage and reduce their risk of future disease.

But the report, published in the Journal …

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