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Darzi Centre

One of a controversial national network of primary care polyclinics. The centres were first envisaged by former Labour health minister and Privy Councillor Professor Lord Ara Darzi to house up to 25 GPs, serving a population of about 50,000, offering a range of additional services and open 18 to 24 hours a day.

The idea was floated in Lord Darzi´s 2008 next stage review ‘High Quality Care for All' with the first centre opening in Bedford in 2009. Darzi centres face an uncertain future since the incoming coalition Government announced  all contracts would be reviewed by the new NHS Commissioning Board.