Over-40s screening to 'drain resources'

A motion condemning the DoH national screening programme for over-40s in England was passed easily, after GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul told delegates it was 'policy by political announcement'.

'There was no discussion with us as a profession,' he said.

The motion argued that current vascular screening plans would drain resources from the sick and be used on the 'worried well'.

Speaking against the motion, Dr John Ashcroft, from Derbyshire LMC, said those at risk 'should be a little worried'.

One in four people at risk will have a heart attack, and could be saved by relatively cheap treatment, he claimed.

But Dr Nagpaul argued that the policy would not target those at risk, and GPs would end up explaining patient's cholesterol levels to them.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com.

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