NHS chief executive refuses to sign anti-Darzi petition

NHS chief executive David Nicholson got into an 'altercation' with a practice receptionist over his refusal to sign a petition against the new Darzi health centres.

David Nicholson
David Nicholson

Mr Nicholson told the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester yesterday that registering with a new practice in North Yorkshire was ‘the most dangerous thing [he has] done over the last few years'.

He said he had been impressed by the ease with which he had been able to register, and the speed with which the practice has received his records. But the receptionist became irritated when Mr Nicholson declined to sign the petition against policies which would force the practice to close.

‘I asked what the evidence was that the practice would close,' he said. ‘She replied that ‘Dr So-and-so said it, and he always tells the truth.''

Elsewhere in his speech, Mr Nicholson defended the plans to create a new healthcare centre in every PCT. ‘How can it not be the right thing to do, to increase capacity and improve access to out-of-hours care?' he said.

It is unclear whether he remains on the practice's list.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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