Call to bring in health MOTs for all res­i­dents

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REG­U­LAR “health MOTs” should be of­fered to all Bucks res­i­dents in a bid to re­duce the strain on the NHS, ac­cord­ing to a politi­cian.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s (BCC) health and adult so­cial care se­lect com­mit­tee have been up­dated on plans to in­te­grate the two ser­vices.

Wy­combe dis­trict coun­cil­lor Tony Green asked why health­care was more of a “fire­fight­ing” ser­vice that di­ag­noses and treats ill­nesses, rather than fo­cus­ing on preven­tion.

He added that the NHS could save money if more work was car­ried out to pre­vent cer­tain ill­nesses.

Cllr Green said: “The den­tal ser­vice does pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ment. You go ev­ery six months and they check you out and see if they have any­thing that’s de­vel­op­ing into an is­sue.

“At the doc­tors it’s the other way around, it’s a re­ac­tive ser­vice. You only go to the doc­tor if you feel un­well, ba­si­cally. That seems to be the wrong way around.

“Doc­tors have skills that can, with some blood tests and var­i­ous other tests avail­able, iden­tify is­sues, and if found early, can stop it de­vel­op­ing into ex­pen­sive treat­ment plans?

“Why doesn’t the NHS do that? Why can’t we have an an­nual MOT, or ev­ery five years?”

How­ever chief of­fi­cer at Bucks Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, Louise Pat­ten, said health checks are usu­ally di­rected and peo­ple who are at risk of de­vel­op­ing con­di­tions.

She added the NHS is rarely given ad­di­tional fund­ing to work to­wards pre­vent­ing ill­nesses. PHOTO: AN­THONY DEVLIN/PA WIRE

She said: “There is a grow­ing aware­ness that we need to get into the preven­tion stream.

“Of­ten we are not given ad­di­tional fund­ing to run the pre­vent­ing bit, to stop peo­ple from com­ing in.

“We need to grow our op­por­tu­nity make sure when clin­i­cians are look­ing the pa­tients, or do­ing a flu jab, that they are hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions about their health.”

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