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Call to action on health checks

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Call to action on health checks

More than 650 lives a year could be saved if simple NHS Health Checks were offered throughout the country and taken up, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a call to action for people to start thinking more seriously about their health.

Before local authorities took over responsibility for commissioning Health Checks in April, there was considerable variation in how widely they were offered. Public Health England (PHE), which leads the NHS Health Check programme, has now launched a ten-point plan to help councils roll them out to 20 per cent of their eligible local population a year –15 million people by 2018/19.