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Brown outlines major screening programme

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Practice nurses look set to be heavily involved in a major new screening programme being planned by ministers.

Prime minister Gordon Brown has announced that every man reaching the age of 65 will be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms, expected to start before the end of this year.

These are expected to be followed by the introduction of voluntary check-ups for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

He said that most of the monitoring for these conditions would take place in GP surgeries.

‘Over time, everyone in Britain will have access to the right preventative health check-up,’ Mr Brown said.

Read more in next week's NT.

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