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Letters NHS health checks for BAME patients

Risks of reacting to risk: rights and wrongs of health checks at 25 for BAME groups

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 21 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2827
  1. Temitope Fisayo, fourth year medical student
  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
  1. temitope.fisayo1{at}

MPs are considering reducing the age at which NHS health checks begin for black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) people to 25.1 I am concerned that this operationalises risk as a stable entity23 inherent to BAME people living in the UK. In truth, risk fluctuates. Individuals enter and exit states of risk as their social circumstances change, such …

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