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Why I'm proud of my practice's 'failure'

As the spotlight falls on underdiagnosed diabetes, a GP calls for national screening

Dr Amrish Gor is calling for a national screening programme for diabetes after successfully piloting screening in his practice.

Dr Gor screened half his 4,000 patients ­ everyone under 30 ­ as part of the pilot and detected an extra 26 cases of diabetes over a two-year period. His practice was one of three in Haringey, north London, to take part in the National Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Project.

He plans to continue screening once the pilot stops. 'It's much better to diagnose patients early,' he said. 'The only thing is practices would need proper funding to do it.'

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