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GP launches radio station to offer health advice

By Christian Duffin

A GP has hit on an unusual idea to help patients from eastern Europe access health advice – his own radio station.

Dr Muhammad Iqbal has launched Bradford-based EuroRYTM – derived from the word for rhythm - which will include music, quizzes and debates, alongside health information for families from countries including Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

He hopes to teach families the importance of childhood vaccinations, cancer screening and smoking cessation, and how they can access these services through the NHS.

‘Families don't tend to come forward for childhood vaccinations, and we are bound to see problems in a few years time with things like meningitis if we don't do something,' said Dr Iqbal. ‘We can tell people about cervical screening and breast screening. I can give this advice in my surgery one-to-one, but with a radio station you can do it on a large scale and reach a lot more people.'

The station will start on January 18, based at a friend's house. He is looking for six presenters, who will broadcast in several languages between about 7am and 10pm every day.

Music will play through the night. Dr Iqbal will not present, but will advise on health content. He had to apply to the communications regulator OFCOM for a licence.

Dr Iqbal hopes to attract funding from advertisers and Bradford PCT.

Dr Muhammad Iqbal will not present - but will advise on health content Dr Muhammad Iqbal will not present - but will advise on health content

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