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Darzi the goat tells MPs he is ready to join the Tory herd

He may have quit as a health minister but it seems GPs may not have seen the back of Lord Darzi, even if the Tories do come to power.

By Ian Quinn

He may have quit as a health minister but it seems GPs may not have seen the back of Lord Darzi, even if the Tories do come to power.

The man who brought us polyclinics, robot surgeons and ministerial presentations on Second Life (pictured) is among more than one Labour GOAT - from the so-called Government Of All the Talents - who told the Commons Public Administration Select Committee yesterday that they may not find life under the Conservatives too hard to stomach, if asked of course.

Asked whether he would consider working under a Tory Government, he pointedly refused to rule it out.

'I have done my bit as a minister, but I'm always there to ensure the NHS's values and principles,' he told the committee, modestly.

Lord Darzi said he had never classed himself as a political animal - a non-political GOAT - although he admitted the politics in health were ‘worse than Whitehall.'

Presumably he will be quite happy to work with the Tories then when they start dismantling polyclinics, rip up extended hours targets and scrap integrated care organisations, to name but three of the policies he was personally instrumental in bringing in during his time as minister.

Then maybe he would have found he does have the principles of a politician after all.

Lord Darzi's political career could yet have a Second Life under the Tories Lord Darzi's political career could yet have a Second Life under the Tories

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