When asked if it was his job to privatise primary care, Lord Darzi’s response was clear.
Speaking exclusively to GP, he replied: ‘We are not privatising primary care. The independent sector is a partner in the provision of primary and secondary care services. You could even argue that in primary care, a number of GPs run their own small businesses, so they are a pseudo-independent sector.
‘We are talking about providing high-quality primary care, with good access, to those who need it.’
The full interview with Lord Darzi will appear in GP’s 18 January 2008 edition.
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