The biggest changes to GP contracts in England for a decade were welcomed today by doctors and the Health Secretary.
They are aimed at improving care for the oldest and most vulnerable and also at reducing unnecessary hospital appointments.
All patients aged over 75 will be given a named GP who will co-ordinate their treatment.
Other changes include online appointment bookings, a hotline for emergency doctors and the publication of GPs' salaries.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed it would relieve pressure on Accident and Emergency departments.
Our Medical Editor Lawrence McGinty reports on what the changes mean for patient care and the profession.
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The changes were attacked by Labour's Andy Burnham who said it wouldn't make it any easier to get a doctor's appointment and the sick will still be forced to go to overstretched A&E departments.