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Lord Darzi quits health minister role

Downing Street has confirmed that Lord Darzi is to stand down from his role as parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department of Health

Downing Street has confirmed that Lord Darzi is to stand down from his role as parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department of Health.

Lord Darzi has resigned from his ministerial position in order to devote more time to his clinical role and academic research.

A Department of Health (DH) spokesman said that Lord Darzi will take on a new role as a health and life sciences ambassador for the government and will chair a new NHS Global Forum.

Darzi was responsible for the Next Stage Review of the NHS through which each Strategic Health Authority contributed its local vision and over 2,000 frontline staff gave feedback about their roles in the NHS. High Quality Care For All, the NHS Next Stage Review final report, was published in June 2008.

As part of High Quality Care For All, Darzi committed to speeding up National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) processes and improving access to drugs for patients.

The DH spokesman said: "Lord Darzi's new focus will be on supporting the Government's life sciences strategy and the contribution the NHS can make to supporting a strong, vibrant health industry in the UK and around the world."

Lord Darzi, who also holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London and is an honorary consultant at St Mary's Hospital and The Royal Marsden, will resign officially when Parliament goes into recess later in July.

15th July 2009

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