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Royal College of GPs: Health checks 'a waste of time'

20 August 2013 Last updated at 16:49 BST

Health checks offered to millions of people over 40 are a waste of time, according to chair of the Royal College of GPs.

Dr Clare Gerada said the government is promoting its NHS Health Check programme "against good evidence".

Her comments come after The Times newspaper published a letter from Danish researchers who said health checks failed to benefit patients and could instead cause them unnecessary worry and treatment.

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