So called health MOT’s for the over 40’s are to be scrapped after the government promises to replace them with online checks and targeted advice.
The NHS Health Check service will explore new intelligent, predictive checks, taking age, risk factors and lifestyle into account.
The checks are currently offered to everyone aged between 40 and 74 to spot the early signs of major conditions that cause early death, including stroke, kidney disease, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
However, the checks pay little attention to people’s individual risks or needs says the Ministry of Health.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“Personalised, preventative healthcare is mission critical to the future-fit healthcare service we want to build. We must harness the latest technology and techniques to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach of the past.
“The review we are announcing today will be an important step towards achieving that, helping us to find data-led, evidenced-based ways to support people to spot, manage and prevent risks to their health through targeted intervention.”