Doctors reject Darzi health reform for London

Doctors rejected health minister Lord Darzi’s recommendations for healthcare reform in London as flawed.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who proposed the motion at the BMA ARM in Edinburgh yesterday, said that the polyclinic proposals had been based on minimal, if any, supporting evidence.

Lord Darzi had used misleading statistics, he said.

For example, he had compared London’s general practices and hospitals with national UK statistics, including rural areas.

‘This is like comparing apples with oranges, ignoring the unique demographic challenges of the capital such as 16 or the 20 most ethnically diverse local authorities being in London,’ he said.

Dr Nagpaul said that consultation had been scant, which meant that flawed ideas had not been modified.

He said that only 0.05 per cent of Londoners had responded to the consultation. 

This included 98 responses from Dr Nagpaul’s PCT area, comprising a population of 200,000.

Doctors voted that healthcare reform should not be further implemented until there had been a full and meaningful dialogue with Londoners and health professionals working in the city.

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