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Starbucks don't run polyclinics...

It goes without saying, of course, that Starbucks don’t run polyclinics. They make coffee. But recent comments from Lord Darzi certainly gave the impression that he thought that if they did, they would probably be the best polyclinics in the world.

By Steve Nowottny

It goes without saying, of course, that Starbucks don't run polyclinics. They make coffee. But recent comments from Lord Darzi certainly gave the impression that he thought that if they did, they would probably be the best polyclinics in the world.

It was, no doubt, a throwaway remark in an interview with The Times, the need for the NHS to offer patients a 'Starbucks' experience – but one guaranteed to rub GPs up the wrong way. The shortest of stories on it has already generated eight comments from angry GPs – as Dr Stephen Bowers puts it: ‘There won't be a single GP who will not find that soundbite annoying.'

It's also generated a fair bit of reaction in the medical blogosphere, and while (of course) in no way wishing to add fuel to the flames, I thought I'd point you to a couple of posts that caught our eye.

NHS Exposed is particularly outraged – and can't resist pointing out that Starbucks has in fact been closing stores. Chez Sam's – tagline ‘supporting junior doctors' – has a more considered response.

Lord Darzi's own blog is sadly strangely silent on the topic.

But our personal favourite was The Brown Stuff's artistic rendition of how a Starbucks polyclinic could be branded. Think cheesy Nescafe grin with a little bit of Mad Men thrown in for good measure. Darziccino anyone?

Darzi in a past incarnation on Second Life

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