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Over-40s health check

30th March 2009

Health screenings - including blood pressure, cholesterol and weight checks - aimed at people aged over 40 in England will begin on 1 April.


The government says it is instigating the checks in order to prevent deaths from heart attacks and strokes.

Patients aged between 40 to 74 will be measured, weighed and have their blood pressure taken. In addition they will be asked about their lifestyle habits, family history and have their cholesterol levels checked.

GPs already perform health checks on around 80% of people aged 40-74, but the government wants the new checks to help those who have been overlooked.

More than 2 million people will be checked annually and called back every five years.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson said the new checks were part of the health service's desire to prevent illness in the population.

"I would encourage people to accept their invitation to a health check when they receive them - the checks will provide people with a personal assessment and tailored health advice that will help them make healthy choices."

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association's GPs committee, said: "At the moment we have targeted checks aimed at the most at risk."

"Some people are missed, but I am not sure these groups will be coming forward for these checks."


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