More than half of Wiganers eligible for a potentially life-saving health MOT in the past five years have spurned it. New data shows 43,992 people received an NHS health check in the borough between 2013 and 2018 – 44.5 per cent of the eligible population. The programme offers a check-up to everyone aged 40 to 74 to spot early signs of diabetes, stroke, kidney disease, heart disease and dementia.
Prof Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council, said: “The health and well-being of our residents is a key priority for us and we have been working with Health First to provide free NHS health checks for some time.
“Not only are health checks really straightforward and take only 20 minutes, but they can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia, so we encourage as many eligible residents as possible to find out more.”