Dr Colin-Thomé told a meeting at yesterday's Primary Care Live conference in London that the BMA's reaction to plans for new GP-led health centres had been 'surprising and uncalled for'.
'There seemed to be a deliberate attempt to convince patients their practice was going to close,' he said.
But the government is planning only 250 extra practices, compared to 8,500 existing ones, he noted. 'So I think that was a bit overegged.'
Dr Colin-Thomé also questioned BMA claims that general practice was in crisis, and pointed out that Britain's GPs are the best paid in the world.
'I've been a doctor for 40 years, and I can't remember a year when there wasn't low morale,' he said. 'So we are a bit of a whinging lot, aren't we?'
Dr Colin-Thomé's comments did not go down well with his audience.
One Hertfordshire GP received a round of applause after describing him as 'dangerously out of touch'.
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