£10m bid to prevent poor health
A £10million drive to improve preventive healthcare is to be launched later this year, health minister Andy Kerr said today.
It will operate in seven areas, and will include health checks for blood pressure and diabetes as well as lifestyle and smoking factors.
The move is part of a drive to improve health prevention measures in deprived areas.
The service, already operating in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and North Lanarkshire, is being extended to south Glasgow, North and East Ayrshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire, Aberdeen and Fife.
Announcing the move ahead of a Holyrood debate, Mr Kerr, right, said: "We are moving from a culture of treating ill-health in this country to preventing it, as locally as possible.
"This means targeting resources where they are needed most and designing services which are easier for the public to use."
He said the new and "ambitious" approach sought to engage with people who had traditionally not made best use of health services.
"These will be world leading services, aimed at those with high risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor diet, smoking, alcohol misuse and inactive lifestyles," he added.
"Services will aim to offer appointments in evenings and weekends to ensure there are no barriers to access, and outreach workers will contact patients through phone calls and other means."