Aha! They've seen the light:
Plans unveiled today show that GPs will instead be rewarded for helping patients to control their blood pressure and cholesterol, preventing heart attacks and stroke and assessing patients at risk from dementia.
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So the GPs will be doing full Thyroid Function Tests on all patients, mugging up on thyroid hormones, treatment, etc. After all, all of those appear to be extra prevalent among the hypothyroid.
[Yes - for the avoidance of doubt, the above is utterly fanciful and, basically, faectious.]
And precisely how will they spot early-warning signs of illness when so many people don't even see a GP one year to the next?
I always thought the word "insidious" was ideal to apply to thyroid disorders. But having looked up what it originally meant, it might better be applied to the way that policy in medicine is decided and implemented.
insidious (adj.) Look up insidious at Dictionary.com
1540s, from M.Fr. insidieux (15c.) or directly from L. insidiosus "deceitful, cunning, artful," from insidiae (pl.) "plot, snare, ambush," from insidere "sit on, occupy," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).
No, I have not lost hope. Merely deeply cynical/sceptical.