The BMA's head of media relations Linda Millington said the coverage of the Government's proposals demonstrated 'anti-GP feeling'.
'Where there's a possibility to paint a negative viewpoint, the DoH generally does so,' she added. Millington also claimed that DoH officials have negatively briefed the press against GPs.
But the DoH strongly rejected the BMA's comments. A spokesman dismissed the claims as 'absolutely ridiculous', adding: 'All consultation shows access to GP surgeries is one of the public's biggest concerns.'