Are routine check-ups worthwhile?

On Thursday a Cochrane review concluded that routine check-ups in healthy people don’t save lives, and may contribute to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

“One possible harm from health checks is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that were not destined to cause symptoms or death," the authors wrote.

The issue polarised doctors with some agreeing that they are a waste of time, while others cited examples of where routine check-ups had picked up previously undetected disease.

One doctor commented: "The number of patients