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Is Darzi's medicine a cure for the NHS's ills?

Dr Chaand Nagpaul GPC negotiator and a GP in Stanmore, Middlesex

‘It's like a medicine bottle with a glossy label but no medicine inside. Once again, we have a report driven by ideology rather than understanding frontline clinicians.

It's been a rushed process, and most of the profession were not involved.'

Dr Jane Lothian a GP in Ashington, Northumberland

‘We're trying to remain positive, and welcome anything that improves quality.

But there is no point mending something that isn't broken. It's far better to get the basics right before pushing forward with more complex ideas. Any reforms must be properly thought-through and funded.'

Dr John Crompton a GP in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

‘It is about introducing a market to the GP system, rather than making sure quality practices are available in all areas.'

Dr Brian Balmer a GP in Chelmsford, Essex

‘There are some nice ideas but little detail – I am disappointed by the blandness of it all.

'The implementation will be key. Increasing capacity in primary care to stimulate competition-driven quality is very risky.

PCTs have no market experience so they don't really know what they're doing.'

Dr Kambiz Boomla a GP in Tower Hamlets, east London

‘There is a good basis for reform in some areas. But what Darzi and the Government do is take an area of deficiency that could be improved by the public sector, and open it up to the private sector.

'All of this, in my view, is a cover-up for what is essentially the marketisation of the NHS. I think it will lead to greater health inequalities.'

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