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Lord Darzi and the tale of the headless sheep

Lord Darzi is surely used by now to dealing with sheep. Certainly if you consider GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman's comments about your average PCT, with whom the good Lord has close relations.

Lord Darzi is surely used by now to dealing with sheep. Certainly if you consider GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman's comments about your average PCT, with whom the good Lord has close relations.

But the health minister is now being asked to deal with headless ones.

Lord Darzi was questioned in parliament this week about whether the Government electronic tagging of sheep and goat carcasses could be derailed - or should that be beheaded - by the poor animals losing their heards in the slaughter process; including the ears carrying the vital tags.

Lord Darzi is probably more accustomed still to dealing with headless chickens, given NHS managers' response to his primary care plans, although the whole affair does makes the patient electronic record seem more humane by comparison.

For the record, Dr Buckman said in October last year:

'PCTs are sheep. If the message comes out from the centre, call it a polyclinic, they'll call it a polyclinic.It doesn't matter that it's still only two GPs and a chiropodist once a month – they'll still call it a polyclinic because they're scared stiff.'

Lord Darzi: keeping his head while sheep lose theirs around him Lord Darzi: keeping his head while sheep lose theirs around him

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