Exclusive: Third of PCTs fail to start vascular checks

More than a third of England's PCTs have yet to carry out any health checks, nine months after the DoH said they would begin.

Even among trusts that have started NHS Health Checks, half have screened less than 5% of those patients eligible for assessment.

Just five PCTs of the 106 surveyed have assessed the 20% of patients that the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) estimates will be necessary if trusts are to offer screening to all eligible people by 2012/3 as planned.

So far 360,719 checks have been performed by the 106 PCTs surveyed, equivalent to around 508,000 checks across England. This is about half the one million checks that the DoH committed to delivering by April 2010.

11 trusts said that they would not begin conducting any vascular checks until the 2010/11 financial year. Two PCTs said that they may not even start a screening programme, because its launch would be dependent on funding being approved.

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