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The Doctor Patient Partnership, set up in 1997 with a£1m government grant, says it will close by December unless it receives fresh funding. The charity works in partnership with the British Medical Association to provide health advice and encourage people to take more responsibility for their wellbeing. It has produced high-profile campaigns and millions of leaflets on subjects including childhood obesity, organ donation and the importance of attending appointments. But DPP chair Dr Simon Fradd said: 'Funding ran out at Easter - I have asked for meetings with [health secretary] Alan Milburn to secure funding for next year for all our staff, but we have heard nothing. '