The Independent reports that the NHS “MOT” health check to spot signs of illness only has marginal benefits, citing a Department of Health-funded study has found. Experts found the programme only prevented the equivalent of one heart attack or stroke for every 4,762 people who attend a health check in a year. The scheme, which sees people aged 40 to 74 invited for a check with their GP every five years, is reported to cost around £300m per year.
It’s no real surprise that the study is once again highlighting ineffective use of scarce resource in the NHS. This blog has long argued for the replacement of the NHS with a best practice public health service.
However, a few words of warning are appropriate. Junior doctors, and older UK voters leaning towards Brexit, need to reflect on the savage cuts to the NHS that would follow a Brexit. With an extreme right wing government in the UK and economic chaos, healthcare would be quickly privatized with insurance policies offering limited cover. Boris Johnson would be forced to remove the safety nets of modern Britain – it’s back to the poor houses of the Victorian era.