Exclusive: Darzi denies his brief is to privatise NHS

Health minister and surgeon Lord Ara Darzi has rejected criticism that his role is to privatise the NHS.

Lord Darzi
Lord Darzi

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.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

The full interview with Lord Darzi will appear in GP’s 18 January 2008 edition.

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