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Charity begins at gym

Dr Lewis Walker's practice has been forced to set up a charity to keep its gym for patients going after NHS funding for the project dwindled away.

The Ardach Health Centre in Buckie, Scotland, set up the gym using fundholding cash nearly six years ago.

Public health initiative money kept it going, but now NHS backing for the service, which costs £25,000 a year to run, has vanished.

Dr Lewis Walker, a GP at the practice, condemned the UK and Scottish governments for hollow words on healthy living.

He said: 'The Government is good at taking real health concerns and being a

mouthpiece for action but unfortunately, at the coalface, it doesn't support that.'

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