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Lord Darzi has quit

15th July 2009

Lord Darzi has announced that he is to resign as health minister.

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He was one of several non-political figures brought into Gordon Brown’s government but has now decided to leave his post to devote more time to his clinical role and academic research.

He will, however, remain as a government advisor and with a new role as health and life sciences ambassador.

Lord Darzi last year published his review of the NHS in England but in his resignation letter said he had overseen the implementation of his report's conclusions and was "deeply grateful" for the chance to serve in the government but now wanted to step down as a minister.

He wrote: "As you know, I have maintained my busy clinical practice and research contributions during my time as a minister. The time has now come for me to return to care for my patients, lead my academic department, and continue my research on a full time basis.”

He will officially resign when Parliament goes into recess later this month.

Downing Street said the prime minister had thanked Lord Darzi for an "outstanding contribution" as a health minister.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: "This was surely coming for a long time. Ara Darzi's laudable focus on quality was increasingly at odds with the Brownite fixation with targets and command and control".

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said the resignation was a massive blow for Gordon Brown.

 

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