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Lord Darzi seeks deal closures as hospitals and appointment times face the axe

In the week NHS managers credited Lord Darzi as the inspiration behind cutbacks which will see hospital closures, the dumping of a huge extra workload on GPs and appointment times set to be slashed by a third, where was the man himself?

By Ian Quinn

In the week NHS managers credited Lord Darzi as the inspiration behind cutbacks which will see hospital closures, the dumping of a huge extra workload on GPs and appointment times set to be slashed by a third, where was the man himself?

Probably just as well, judging by the strength of opposition expressed by GPs to the plans by NHS London, Lord Darzi has put a few air miles between himself and the NHS frontline - as in his new role as UK business ambassador he set about trying to flog bionic arms to the Arabs.

No doubt the sight of Lord Darzi at the Arab Health 2010 trade fair in Dubai, negotiating deals for Britain with horse racing tycoon, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will sit well with GPs and hospital doctors preparing to attend a mass rally next month to protest at NHS London's latest plans.

Perhaps they may even suggest a few novel uses for that bionic arm.

Lord Darzi's latest role saw him attend the Arab Health 2010 trade fair in Dubai Lord Darzi's latest role saw him attend the Arab Health 2010 trade fair in Dubai

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