SHAs have since distanced themselves from the report in the Health Service Journal.
Mandy Wearne, NHS North West executive lead for the Darzi review, reportedly commented: 'There's an acceptance that extending hours is good for patients, but it hasn't been a major concern.'
The comments were echoed by a spokesman for NHS East of England SHA.
However, after the report appeared Ms Wearne was unavailable for comment.
A spokesman for NHS East of England said comments on access attributed to a spokesman were not in line with its official position.