Talking at the NHS Alliance conference in Bournemouth this week, Lord Howe said the government has no plans to make these changes.
He said: 'I was very surprised to read yesterday that the government was planning to introduce a national GP call centre and to sack tens of thousands of GP receptionists.
'Take it from me that the government are planning no such thing.'
A report issued this week by Foundation Trust Network said the NHS could save £600m by moving appointment booking to ‘regional or national GP appointment centres’.
The GPC has dismissed the plans as having ‘no validity’ and said the system would put a barrier between patients and their GPs. The committee said the idea would probably increase NHS costs, rather than make savings as suggested.