Ara Darzi

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Ara Darzi, Lord Darzi of Denham was Under-Secretary of State (Lords) at the Department of Health from 2007-2009. He was charged with leading a Review to determine the course of the NHS over the decade ahead. In November 2010 he was appointed as a Business Ambassador for the UK by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Dazri is a Labour life peer in the House of Lords, joining in July 2007.

In 2009 Darzi was ranked by the Health Service Journal as the second most powerful person in healthcare.[1]

Revolving door

In May 2010 Lord Darzi became a member of the Healthy Imagination Advisory Group of GE Healthcare, the medical technology unit of General Electric.[2] The role was approved by ACOBA, who saw "no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, on the basis that he would not draw on any privileged information which was available to him as a Minister, subject to the condition that, for 12 months after leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying Government on behalf of his new employer."[3]

ACOBA saw "no reason why he should not take up the [following] appointment[s] forthwith":[3]




See: The Corporate Capture of the NHS


  1. Health Service Journal Top 100, accessed 10 April 2015.
  2. ACOBA, Appointments taken up my former ministers, accessed Dec 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 3 December 2014
  4. Lord Darzi of Denham Parliament.UK, accessed 14 January 2015