Video interview: Labour peer condemns imposed contract and attacks on GPs

Labour's health spokesman in the House of Lords has condemned Jeremy Hunt's 'vitriolic attack on GPs', but called for them to play a greater role in urgent and emergency care.

Lord Philip Hunt told GP the public had lost trust in GP out-of-hours services and it was time to for all involved to sit down and find a way to restore confidence.

Lord Hunt said the health secretary’s comments on the role of out-of-hours in the A&E crisis were ‘unnerving’ and an insult to GPs.

He defended Labour’s 2004 GP contract deal, which allowed GPs to opt out of out-of-hours provision, but said primary care would have to ‘do more’ as part of a new integrated health and social care system.

  • Read a full interview in the 24 June issue of GP magazine, online or in our iPad edition.

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