Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, criticised the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ahead of his speech, for "attacking" GPs, saying:
Family doctors are working ever longer hours in surgery as they struggle to cope with ballooning workloads, at a time when the Government is diverting more and more funding and resources away from general practice.
We need to change the narrative from attacking GPs and focus on ensuring that primary care is properly resourced, thus relieving pressure on other parts of the health services, particularly A&E.
GPs work exceptionally hard for our patients. We are the solution to problems in the NHS, not the cause.