The Government said it recognises that GPs are "hard-pressed" and has promised its planned £3.8 billion spend on health and social care will enable doctors to spend more time with patients.
The wilful neglect of patients is to be made a criminal offence under NHS reforms being introduced in the wake of the Mid Staffs and other care scandals.
David Cameron said health workers who mistreated and abused patients would face "the full force of the law" in a package of measures to be unveiled next week.
The offence will be modelled on laws against the wilful neglect of adults under the Mental Capacity Act, punishable by fines or up to five years in prison.
A consultation on what scale of sentence should be applied to the extended law will be carried out over the next few months by the Department of Health.
Statistics revealing a decrease in NHS budget spending on general practice, now the lowest on record, is pushing services to "breaking point", according to the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Commenting on the findings, Dr Maureen Baker said:
New analysis from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has found a slump in the amount of NHS budget spent on general practice.
In England, 10.6 per cent of the NHS budget was spent on general practice in 2004/05, but this dropped to 8.5 per cent by 2011/12.
The statistics painted a similar picture in Scotland as 9.5 per cent of the money was spent on general practice in 2004/05, and by 2011/12, this had fallen to 7.8 per cent.
In the same periods across Wales, the budget decreased from 8.6 per cent to 7.8 per cent, and in Northern Ireland, spending was at 8.1 per cent in 2011/12 - down from 8.2 per cent in the previous year. Figures were not available for 2004/05.
Patient care is being put at risk due to a slump in the amount of NHS budget spent on general practice - now the lowest on record, a royal college has warned.
In 2004/05, 10.3% of the NHS budget was spent on general practice but by 2011/12 this figure had dropped to 8.4%, according to analysis by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Association for Patient Participation.
The RCGP said the slump is compromising the standard of care GPs can offer patients, leading to longer waiting times and increasing pressure on hospitals.
This is despite the fact that 90% of contacts with patients across the NHS occur in general practice, it said.
Clinical staff will not do the jobs they are on site to do with inspectors "standing behind them", Daybreak's Health Editor Dr Hilary said.
The proposed patient rights charter is an "understandable knee-jerk reaction" in response to what happened at Staffordshire hospital he said.
Speaking about the new charter of rights he added, "if it was as easy… don't you think hospitals would have done that before?"
David Prior, the CQC chairman, said patients would be encouraged to complain if the level of care they receive fails to meet the new standards. He told The Times (£):
Hospitals, care homes and GPs could be judged against a new set of patient rights following a radical overhaul of standards to be announced by the health watchdog, The Times (£) reported.
Doctors and nurses would be issued with new guidelines under proposals to be launched which will set out an "unambiguous baseline" for care.
The new charter of rights could see hospitals taken over by external experts, bosses dismissed and units closed if standards were continuously breached.
The plans - which must first go out to consultation - are set to be rolled out in hospitals before they are extended to adult social care and other sectors later in the year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.
Kate Law, Cancer Research UK's director of clinical research, added:
Chief investigator Professor Alan Burnett, from Cardiff Universitys School of Medicine, commented on the findings: