London GP practices need £1bn investment, says Darzi report

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 15 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6238
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The chair of the London Health Commission has called for £1bn over five years to rebuild or refurbish every GP practice in London, in what would be the biggest investment programme of its kind since 1948.

Last year the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, asked Ara Darzi to chair the commission. Darzi’s 170 page report, Better Health for London,1 contained 64 recommendations, including a ban on smoking in public parks, Oyster card discounts for commuters who walk some of their way to work, a restriction on fast food outlets near to schools, and the appointment of a London health commissioner.

In a letter to Londoners at the beginning of the report, Darzi said, “All of us should be ashamed at the state of many of London’s GP practices: the condition of most practices is poor or only ‘acceptable,’ and a staggering three …

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