Outgoing NHS boss Sir David Nicholson appears to have launched a veiled attack at Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after he criticised the "demonisation" of GPs.
Mr Hunt has repeatedly said that changes to the GP contract in 2004 have contributed to the growing A&E crisis across England.
Sir David told the Health Service Journal: "I am a big fan of general practice and I think the way sometimes it is demonised is very bad, and very bad for patients."
He is retiring from his role as chief executive of NHS England in March next year.
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