The King's Fund response to Lord Darzi's resignation

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Commenting on the resignation from government of Lord Darzi, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, The King's Fund's chief executive Niall Dickson said:

'Lord Darzi has made a huge contribution in his relatively short period of time in government. His legacy will be to have put the quality of care patients receive centre stage – and to have reinforced the need to involve doctors, nurses and other professionals in the reform process.

'It is too early to say whether Lord Darzi will have made the difference he wanted and there is still much to do to turn his vision into reality throughout the health service. But there is no doubt that the number one priority for the NHS from now on will be improving quality of care, while delivering greater value for money. Lord Darzi's personal commitment has been crucial in driving this forward.'

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