Vascular screens already happening

Many of the vascular screening checks proposed by the DoH repeat work already carried out.

Last week, the DoH said everyone aged 40-74 would undergo a five-yearly check of medical history, height, weight, BP and blood cholesterol, with roll-out expected next year.

But Dr Anne Mackie, director of the UK National Screening Committee, admitted that some of these tests are already carried out.

Currently, 28 per cent of people have a cholesterol reading every five years, 53 per cent have BMI checked, 76 per cent BP and 92 per cent have smoking status recorded.

Overall, 21 per cent have all five checked.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

DoH vascular screening report

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