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RCN chief praises 'instrumental' Lord Darzi

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Nursing luminaries have been quick to recognise the work of outgoing junior health minister Lord Darzi

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, praised Lord Darzi for being ‘instrumental in shifting the focus of health reforms to where they should be’ to providing quality care as the news broke yesterday that he is to resign as health minister.

‘He leaves a lasting legacy on the health service and it will be important to continue to focus on quality and safety and not to let financial pressures take centre-stage over the coming months and years,’ Dr Carter added.

Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health, said that one of Lord Darzi’s ‘lasting legacy’s’ was the NHS Constitution. 

‘Brought in the same year as the NHS celebrated its 60th birthday, the constitution enshrines the guiding principles of the NHS.

‘With his years of experience working in the NHS, Darzi brought a welcome focus on quality and the importance of valuing and genuinely listening to staff,’ she said. 

Also commenting on his resignation Niall Dickson, head of the health think tank the King’s Fund, said Lord Darzi’s ‘personal commitment’ had been crucial in driving forward NHS plans to improve quality of care and deliver better value for money.

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