Lord Darzi’s official leaving date may not be until the recess, but his Richmond House office looked pretty bare as HSJ passed it on the way to a briefing at the DH.

Door left open, there was little left but furniture and a pile of dusty odds and ends on the desk. Perhaps he has always maintained a relatively sparse presence at the DH. Or possibly, darting between surgical work at St Mary’s Hospital, carrying out ministerial duties and visiting polyclinics seven days a week left the caped crusader with little time to build his executive toy collection.