Minister Says No 50+ Health Checks till 2013; AMs Inquiry into Welsh Stroke Risks

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Minister Says No 50+ Health Checks till 2013; AMs Inquiry into Welsh Stroke Risks


Byline: TOM BODDEN

A LABOUR election manifesto pledge to introduce health checks for all over 50s in Wales will not be implemented before the start of 2013, health minister Lesley Griffiths said yesterday.

The minister was questioned by AMs investigating efforts to reduce the risk of stroke: around 11,000 people suffer a stroke each year in Wales.

Ms Griffiths, the AM for Wrexham, said health checks for the over 50s were a firm commitment by the Welsh Government.

Officials were engaged on preparatory work and a scoping paper would be ready in the new year, she told the Assembly's health committee.

"It is a five year programme of government: we can't do everything before Christmas," she said.

Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams said the danger was that the people who eventually turned up for such health checks were among the 3% who didn't smoke, drink to excess, took regular exercise and were outside key risk groups.

The minister said that 'every health intervention should be a public health intervention' ensuring those potentially at risk of a stroke received the necessary checks and monitoring of blood pressure and pulse rate. …

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