Having read a number of blog posts on Ara’s leaving of the Government, it seems odd not to add my own thoughts on this. In truth I don’t have any new facts or history to add, but I have my perspective on him, his work and departure.
Ara is a friend and I have known him since I worked as Alan Milburn’s special adviser. You don’t have to spend long with him to recognise what an unusually gifted individual he is both as a person but also as a social and political animal. A few great doctors can obtain followership from some of their profession because they clearly know what they are doing. And most importantly are prepared to argue long and hard with their profession about what they think should happen.
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