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Fewer people are attending NHS health checks, show figures

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 18 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6098
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The proportion of eligible patients in England attending an NHS health check is at its lowest in six years, new data show.1

In 2017-18 two fifths (41% or 1 108 841) of eligible people attended an NHS health check, down from the high of 46% (974 267) in 2013-14. The absolute number of people attending a health check fell for the second consecutive year in 2017-18, down by more than 52 000 since the peak attendance of 1 161 027 in 2015-16.

The report from NHS Digital looked at numbers of health checks attended in England over …

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