THE article by Alexa Copeland about health risks due to a lack of take up of NHS checks showed that the take-up rate in the North-East was as low as 41 per cent in Yorkshire even lower at 39 per cent (Echo, Aug 30).

As a 65-year-old, I haven’t had a check-up and have never been offered one, although the tests were introduced in 2009.

I asked at the Harewood Medical Centre in Catterick Garrison only to be informed a week later that it does not offer it. I have contacted my local MP Rishi Sunak who only this week in your sister publication, the D&S Times, praised our wonderful NHS.

Can I suggest a follow-up article to find out what medical authorities are offering a test and at what age. This could enable us to consider moving to a health authority offering a better chance of a longer life.

Martin Flanagan, Catterick Garrison