Tories urged to let Darzi keep his job

The Lancet has called on the Tories to let the government's controversial health minister Lord Ara Darzi keep his job.

Lord Ara Darzi (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Lord Ara Darzi (Photograph: JH Lancy)

If they win the next election, the Conservatives should allow Darzi to speed up his reforms, an unsigned editorial in The Lancet says.

Darzi’s strategies have ousted bureaucratic managerialism and planted ‘a patient-centred and scientific approach’ to healthcare reform in government, according to the magazine whose print edition has 38,000 readers.

‘He sidelined market-based reforms and put in their place quality, effectiveness, safety, and the patient experience,’ according to the leader.

The Lancet claims that Darzi has ‘forged a broad consensus’.

But it admits that communicating Darzi’s strategy and achievements has been ‘disappointingly weak’.

A BMA spokesperson said: ‘We will continue to lobby for improvements to the health service and patient care, irrespective of who is in government.’

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