Scotland pursues health checks for over-40s

Health checks in the over-40s, which was a commitment in the SNP manifesto, is to be developed by the Scottish government.

GPC Scotland member Dr Sandy Sutherland asked Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon about the evidence base for the policy.

Ms Sturgeon said that 40 was a milestone birthday and a time when people often reflected on their life.

‘It’s a good opportunity to talk to people about their health,’ she said.

But Dr Sutherland said that such policies did not always reach the right patients.

‘A universal invitation to attend for a health check means that people who don’t need it, come, and those who won’t benefit, don’t.’

Ms Sturgeon, speaking at the BMA’s ARM in Edinburgh yesterday, said that the health checks may be targeted at specific groups of people as in the Keep Well initiatives.

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