DoH accused of 'anti-GP' agenda

The British Medical Association (BMA) has accused the Department of Health (DoH) of painting a negative image of GPs, following recent coverage of government plans for extending surgery opening hours.

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.'

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