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GPs divided over Lord Darzi's departure

By Nigel Praities

Lord Darzi's sudden departure has drawn a mixed reaction from GPs, with some experts raising concerns it could jeopardise his modernising programme.

Dr James Kingsland, president of the NAPC and a close adviser to Lord Darzi, said he respected Lord Darzi's decision but the timing was 'not ideal'.

'I have mixed feelings. He was a very powerful voice from a junior ministerial position and was a signficant figure in on-going NHS reform. The timing is not ideal in the current environment and in terms of moving forward,' he said.

King's Fund chief executive – and soon to be GMC chief executive – Niall Dickson said Lord Darzi had made a ‘huge contribution' to the NHS but his vision had yet to be realised.

'It is too early to say whether Lord Darzi will have made the difference he wanted and there is still much to do to turn his vision into reality throughout the health service,' he said.

Other GPs were less worried. Dr Andrew Mimnagh, chair of Sefton LMC, said: 'He knows about as much about general practice as I know about colorectal surgery, which I am sure is very little.

'I suspect he had the best of intentions but he had a negative effect on general practice. He provided feather bedding for private companies in the NHS, but has made general practices less viable,' he said.

Other reactions to the news...

'Good riddance, total waste of space, clueless sycophant. I wonder how much he paid for his peerage?' Dr Daniel Burrow, GP in Darlington

'Lord Darzi has achieved the remarkable feat of rallying almost all the various groups in health to the cause of quality as the organising principle for the NHS,' Steve Barnett, chief executive of the NHS Confederation

'He undermined GPs with his "Darzi centres" and questioned the ethics of those who challenged him. As far as I know, he has not addressed the ethics of wasting NHS resources on these white elephants,' Dr Peter Gooderham, retired GP and associate tutor at Cardiff Law School

'I will remember Lord Darzi as the person who commenced mass commercialisation of general practice, starting the rot which will wreck the service for future generations,' Dr Grant Ingrams, secretary of GPC West Midlands

'Eminent surgeon and committed devoted doctor - victim of forked tongue political godfathers who rabble roused against Lord Darzi and then grabbed money from Darzi Centres and employing other young GPs on session wages making millions in extra profits. Pity Lord Darzi did not know these medical scammers,' Dr Vijay Bansal, a GP in Warrington

Health minister Lord Darzi has resigned Health minister Lord Darzi has resigned

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