The Department of Health has dismissed claims GP services are "imploding" as "scaremongering" and claimed the number of family doctors has risen by 1,000 since 2010.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said:
– Department of Health spokeswoman
It is scaremongering to say that GP services are 'imploding'.
The number of GPs has gone up by 1,000 since 2010 and we've taken tough decisions to protect the NHS budget so we can strengthen family doctoring, reform out-of-hospital care and improve GP access for 7.5 million people.
GPs agreed to be at the heart of our radical plans for more personalised community care in return for cutting their targets by more than a third to free up more time with patients.