North Somerset one of the worst areas for health checks says charity
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 September 2012
NORTH Somerset is one of the worst-performing areas in the South West for delivering the NHS health check, according to a new report from Diabetes UK.
The new report, called Let’s Get it Right, states during 2011/12 just 1,162 out of 72,840 people who are eligible in the area were offered one of the checks, putting it at the second to lowest in the South West.
The checks test people aged 40 to 74 for risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and kidney failure and North Somerset’s rating of 1.62 per cent is lower than the England average of 13.9 per cent.
Diabetes UK has said the low number of checks offered means about 100 people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes in North Somerset are likely to have missed the chance to have it identified during last year.
Graham Cooper, South West regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: “The failure to properly implement the NHS Health checks means people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes are missing out the information and support to make the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it.
Diabetes UK has used the launch of the report to demand a better service.
Mr Cooper said: “The poor implementation of the NHS health check is a tragic failure.
“NHS and local authority leaders need to start giving this programme a much higher priority. Until this happens, it will be letting down local people who have either undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes or are at high risk of developing the condition. Urgent action is needed.”