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‘MOT’ health checks to be offered

The Government has announced new plans for providing healthcare in the future.

The plans aim to make healthcare in England more accessible by moving care from hospitals into the community.  

GP surgeries will be encouraged to open for longer hours and to set up specialist clinics for people with conditions like diabetes.‘MOT’ health checks will also be introduced to people at certain ages to test if they are at risk of conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. If people are seen to be ‘at risk’ they will be allocated a personal trainer to help improve their health."The new plans could have huge benefits in both preventing diabetes and helping those with the condition to access care more easily," said Bridget Turner, Head of Healthcare and Policy at Diabetes UK.  She added: "There are up to a million people who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know it. Introducing health checks could be a real help in finding these people."Diabetes can go undiagnosed for up to twelve years. Diagnosing it early would free up valuable NHS resources used on treating the complications of untreated diabetes like heart disease, sight loss and kidney damage."Also, improving people’s diet and promoting exercise would reduce the number of people developing Type 2 diabetes in the first place."For further details on how the White Paper could effect people with diabetes, look out for more information here in the near future.

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