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Praise for GPs who made a difference

Nine GPs have been singled out by the BMA and the Prime Minister for introducing innovative schemes to improve care, reduce waiting times and target hard-to-reach groups.

The BMA's 'A to Z of doctors making a difference', endorsed by Tony Blair, argued the initiatives were an example of what doctors could do if given more resources.

Dr Andrew Hamilton was praised for a scheme to target unmarried, unemployed, heavy smoking and heavy drinking men for health screening at his practice in Unst, Shetland.

Dr Judith Langfield, a GP in Bristol, was cited for installing technology such as textphones, miniloops, and portable amplifiers to help deaf people communicate effectively during consultations.

Dr Brian Keighley's practice in Balfron, Stirlingshire, was commended for supporting bereaved relatives on the first anniversary of a patient's death.

Dr Keighley said: 'The goodwill it generates for the practice is out of all proportion. It demonstrates the ethos of a family practice is wider than the individual patient.'

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