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Is closure on Lord Darzi's agenda?

So Lord Darzi wants general practice to follow the example of Starbucks ('Darzi: patients should be offered a Starbucks experience').

Presumably since its chief executive thinks Britain is in decline and is planning to close hundreds of outlets worldwide, we should just close down general practice? Is this the Darzi agenda?

There can be no doubt patients do not want to travel miles to a vast impersonal building where they do not recognise a single face. They do not want one model of care for all. What they want is their doctor in their surgery, preferably in walking distance from where they live.

Lord Darzi should stick to his hospital checklist and stop trying to force primary care into a secondary care model - we just don't fit.

From Dr John Orchard, Alfreston, Derbyshire

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