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Dr Syed Ali has achieved 97 per cent MMR vaccination uptake and almost 100 per cent for flu immunisations in over-65s.

The MMR uptake figure compares with a 68.4 per cent average in London.

Dr Ali, a singlehander in the deprived area of Leyton, east London, said a constant programme of

patient education run by his practice team had enabled him to achieve nearly 100 per cent for immunisations over the past decade.

The team scours patient records each month to pick out details of new births so parents can be targeted. Dr Ali's Irish wife has even learnt Urdu to communicate better with patients.

'If you provide a better service, it will speak for itself through word of mouth,' Dr Ali said. 'I don't call them my patients ­ they are my friends.'

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