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NHS Health Check accepted by less than half of patients

29th May 2014

Less than half of patients offered an NHS Health Check, known as a mid-life MOT, accepted the invitation in the past year, but numbers are growing.

NHS logoNHS health checks, are most often provided at GP practices and are designed to identify people at risk of developing serious, but potentially avoidable conditions.

Public Health England (PHE) revealed new figures.

From the 2.8 million people eligible in England, 1.3 million (49%) accepted and had a check between April 2013 to 2014 - an increase of nearly 10% compared to the previous year and the largest since the programme began.

PHE said it was committed to working with local authorities to increase this number up to 66% by 2015.

People between 40-74 registered with a GP should receive an invitation every five years to go for a check in a variety of locations including GP surgeries and local pharmacies.

Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at PHE, said: "It’s extremely encouraging to see more people than ever before are taking up the offer, but we want to do better.

"With such a huge burden of disease associated with potentially avoidable conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, the NHS Health Check presents a real opportunity for individuals to take steps earlier, and through modifications in behaviour and lifestyle, reduce their risk."

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