Sir John Oldham has been appointed to drive up NHS productivity for the DoH. Sir John will focus on driving efficiency in the treatment of long-term conditions and urgent care.
He had yet to identify areas of inefficiency to target, but he said primary care quality needs to be more consistent.
'There is a percentage of GPs that drag the rest of us down and that should not be accepted any more,' he said.
The way GPs treat long-term conditions must also become more efficient as the proportion of older people in the popula-tion grows, he said.
Sir John has also worked for advisory bodies including the National Primary Care Development Team.