Free health checks in Maldon

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A mobile health unit offering free NHS health checks will be in Maldon until next Sunday, February 23.

It is aimed at those aged 40 to 74 and will assess their risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes.

The unit is run by Anglian Community Enterprise, under contract by Essex County Council.

It is in the car park of Tesco Extra in Fullbridge from 10am-4pm. Appointments are available, but not essential, on 0843 507 3648.

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8:20am Fri 14 Feb 14

Ian_SE says...

Calls to 084 and 087 numbers (e.g. 0843 as used here) incur a Service Charge to the benefit of the called party (in this case, around 7 pence per minute including VAT). Patients are therefore subsidising some of the cost of this service as they access it. This directly contravenes the core "free at the point of need" principles of the NHS.

084 and 087 numbers cost up to 41p/min to call. According to an NAO report issued in 2013, their use "disadvantages some of the most vulnerable people in society". In 2007, Ofcom made available replacement 034 and 037 numbers matching all existing 084 and 087 numbers. Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as calling 01 and 02 numbers and count towards inclusive allowances on landlines and mobiles.

NHS Directions issued in December 2009 by the Department of Health make it very clear that telephone numbers beginning 084 and 087 are not appropriate for use by NHS services. It is staggering to see this direction is still being ignored more than five years later. The Cabinet Office has also weighed in on this suject and in December 2013 published guidance notes recommending all public services adopt 03 numbers in place of 084 and 087 numbers.

See also:

http://www.fairtelec
oms.org.uk/use-of-08
4-numbers-in-the-nhs
.html

http://www.fairtelec
oms.org.uk/public-se
ctor-084-numbers.htm
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Calls to 084 and 087 numbers (e.g. 0843 as used here) incur a Service Charge to the benefit of the called party (in this case, around 7 pence per minute including VAT). Patients are therefore subsidising some of the cost of this service as they access it. This directly contravenes the core "free at the point of need" principles of the NHS. 084 and 087 numbers cost up to 41p/min to call. According to an NAO report issued in 2013, their use "disadvantages some of the most vulnerable people in society". In 2007, Ofcom made available replacement 034 and 037 numbers matching all existing 084 and 087 numbers. Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as calling 01 and 02 numbers and count towards inclusive allowances on landlines and mobiles. NHS Directions issued in December 2009 by the Department of Health make it very clear that telephone numbers beginning 084 and 087 are not appropriate for use by NHS services. It is staggering to see this direction is still being ignored more than five years later. The Cabinet Office has also weighed in on this suject and in December 2013 published guidance notes recommending all public services adopt 03 numbers in place of 084 and 087 numbers. See also: http://www.fairtelec oms.org.uk/use-of-08 4-numbers-in-the-nhs .html http://www.fairtelec oms.org.uk/public-se ctor-084-numbers.htm l Ian_SE
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