He said: 'The UK system of general practice is the envy of the Western World. It is the cornerstone of the NHS which was formed 60 years ago under the principle of providing care, free to all, from cradle to grave. Nowhere is that more true than in general practice.'
Echoing many of the themes of GP's Valuing General Practice campaign, he added: 'Since 2004 and the introduction of the new contract, GPs have worked hard to adapt to the significant changes to the way they deliver patient care; they have met the government's targets but still their hard work goes unrecognised and is under-valued.'
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