The MP for Thirsk and Malton, Anne McIntosh has sparked controversy by claiming that the number of women GPs who choose to work part-time are putting the health service under strain.
Health Minister Anna Soubry responded initially by saying that Anne McIntosh had made an "important point about the unintended consequences of the number of women training as doctors".
But, following criticism from Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of General Practioners, Ms Soubry said that she had "not intended to be derogatory" and that the number of GPs needed to be increased.
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