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'Well Man' clinics pilot

16/06/2004

The first round of health partnerships have been announced, aiming to encourage men to take a greater interest in their health and wellbeing.

Deputy Minister for Health Tom McCabe today allocated more than £2.3 million of funding for a series of well man clinic pilots across the country.

Speaking in Glasgow, Mr McCabe said:

"It's been a well-known fact for some time now, that for a number of reasons, Scotland's men are much more reluctant than women to go to the doctor for regular check ups.

"Men need to be encouraged and supported to take more responsibility for their own health. If they don't start taking an interest in their lifestyle and wellbeing they could be causing real problems for themselves in everyday life. It's never too late to choose change, look good, feel better and enjoy the best health.

"Last year I announced that the Executive would be investing £4 million in piloting 'Well Man' clinics across the country and I am pleased to be able to announce the first round of successful bidders today.

"More than £2.3 million spread between NHS Board, local authority and voluntary service partnerships across the country will get the ball rolling and we will announce the results of further bids in the near future.

"Scotland's health is improving. However, we're still faring poorly on the European playing field, and the health of our men is one of the issues that needs to be addressed. With the European football championships having just kicked off in Portugal, instead of simply sitting in front of the television watching it, we should take advantage of the warm weather and get out and about on foot.

"Lack of physical activity, along with poor diet, smoking and alcohol misuse are key contributors to the state of our health and making simple lifestyle choices combined with getting a regular check-up will help make a real difference."

The funding will be distributed as follows:

Partnerships £s

Argyll and Clyde 487,200
Fife 266,216
Greater Glasgow 477,876
Highland 200,949
Lothian 420,670
Shetland 117,865
Tayside 388,000

Total 2,358,776

The £4 million funding initiative was launched on October 14 2003 following a pledge in the Partnership agreement which can be found at https://www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/government/pfbs-00.asp.

Men are less likely than women to go to their GPs. In the 12 months
ending in March 2003, 68 per cent of males, and 84 per cent of females had contact with their GP. (Source: Sample of CMR (Continuous Morbidity
Recording) GP practices).

In 2002, coronary heart disease (CHD) accounted for 22 per cent of deaths
in Scottish men and 18 per cent of deaths in women. The Executive target is to reduce the number of premature deaths from CHD for men and women by 50 per cent between 1995-2010.