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This is exactly what many of us said at the time they were introduced. But saying they are usless is about as surprising as saying water is wet.
This isn't a new issue nor is it a new finding. Back in 1990 a new contract was introduced for UK GPs. As part of that contract we were asked to do health checks on the elderly. I reviewed the research on these at the time and the results of that were that these reviews were essentially useless. The only areas that might have been beneficial were blood pressure measurement and, possibly, thyroid funtion testing (although even that was dubious).
Yet the Department of Health is sticking by its guns. But their statement on the matter contains a very telling line:
"The NHS Health Check programme is based on expert guidance".
"Expert guidance" - the poorest grade of evidence. Says it all really.