Darzi warns GP workload to rise 77%

Health minister and surgeon Lord Ara Darzi warned MPs that there would be a 77 per cent increase in GP consultations in London over the next 10 years.

Lord Darzi
Lord Darzi

Giving evidence to the Health Select Committee last week, Lord Darzi said his polyclinic model was required to deal with London’s expected population growth.

He predicted a 77 per cent increase in GP consultations over the next 10 years, as a result of an extra 700,000 patients in London. If nothing was done, Lord Darzi said, ‘The whole system would be paralysed.’

He also admitted that his polyclinic vision did not consider the cost of land or how many centres are really required. 

Lord Darzi recommends opening 150 new polyclinics in England in his Our NHS, Our Future review, including an unspecified number in London.  

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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