Darzi is top 'GOAT' despite consultation failure

The Conservatives have attacked the Darzi review for its failure to consult GPs and nurses.

Shadow health minister Mark Simmonds told a parliamentary debate on Thursday that he shared concerns that Lord Darzi had ignored input from GPs.

‘I would go further,’ he added. ‘It was not only the primary care sector and GPs that did not feel that they were involved in the process, but the nursing profession.’

He demanded health minister Ben Bradshaw outline how many of the 2,000 people consulted in the review were GPs or nurses.

Mr Bradshaw said he didn't have a figure for that. But he described Lord Darzi as ‘the most successful GOAT’ in the government.

GOAT, he explained, referred to the ‘government of all the talents’ recruitment drive Gordon Brown went on in 2007.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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