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Named and shamed: The Harlow GPs who have failed to carry out health checks on people with learning disabilities

Health / Mon 14th Dec 2015 at 01:38pm

HUNDREDS OF Harlow residents with learning difficulties (LD) are not receiving their annual health checks, according to figures published today.

Harlow Health Checks

The figures show that four GP surgeries in Harlow did not undertake any health checks for people with LDs at all in the year 2014-15.

Those surgeries are: Church Langley Medical Centre, Nuffield House Surgery, Osler House Practice and Sydenham House Surgery.

Lister Medical Centre in Staple Tye undertook 75% of their checks and the Hamilton Practice undertook 50%.

This means that only 28% of all checks in Harlow were completed, compared to 61% in Southend and 51% in Castle Point. Thurrock only completed 17% of all health checks.

Advocates for people with learning disabilities have questioned whether a number of deaths can be attributed to a failure to obtain an annual health check.

GPs receive a payment from the NHS to provide checks. They only get the money if the check is done. However, YH understands that the NHS cannot channel the money elsewhere.

Harlow Health Checks

YH will be contacting each surgery to see whether they plan to increase the number of checks they undertake.

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