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Public invited to comment on Devon's health check programme
9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A NEW programme of NHS health checks will be reviewed by a task group of Devon County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee.
Chaired by Cllr Richard Westlake, the team is looking at how Health Checks, which are part of the County Council’s new public health responsibilities, affect the health of people in Devon.
Cllr Westlake said: “Our Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee has been chosen as one of only five councils in the country to review the benefit of the NHS health check programme.
“This is a very important piece of work and the task group will be looking at the potential impact of health checks on health equality across Devon.
“We’re asking people to tell us whether they’ve received a letter from their GP, inviting them to have a health check, whether they took up the offer, and if not, why they didn’t.
“For those who did have a health check, we’d like to know about their experience – did they feel it was beneficial? Did the check pick up on any kind of conditions they weren’t aware of? And has their lifestyle changed as a result of their health check?”
Almost 50,000 people across the county will be offered a health check every year, as part of a five-year programme aimed at early detection and reduction of some of the most common lifestyle-related conditions.
Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Officer, Devon County Council, Room G31, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD.
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