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THOUSANDS of people are missing out on health checks for potentially fatal conditions, figures reveal.

Just 11 per cent of patients in NHS Portsmouth turned up for a health check, which look for risk factors such as high cholesterol and blood pressure.

In April a mandatory target to check 20 per cent of those aged 40 and 74 each year was introduced, having been an informal target since 2009.

GP magazine sent freedom of information requests to all 151 primary care trusts (PCTs) in England, of which 118 responded.

Nationally, patient uptake is falling, with only 54 per cent attending a check in 2011-12, down from 60 per cent in 2010-11.

Despite government funding, six PCTs spent nothing on their programmes in 2011-12. The figures also revealed a geographical disparity in funding for checks.

In 2012-13, £1.3m was spent in NHS West Sussex while just £28,452 was forked out in NHS Southampton City, GP magazine said.