The Conservatives claim they are now the party of choice for healthcare workers as a new survey shows almost half of GPs in the UK plan to vote Tory at the next election.
Practice managers will see this as a rejection of Labour's modernisation drive as the poll of 301 GPs found that 48% now intend to vote for David Cameron, up from 35% in 2005.
The survey, in GP newspaper, also found 47% of family doctors believe that Labour's performance has been poor or very poor, with only 17% saying it has been good or very good.
Many of the GPs questioned said they are unhappy with the government over its stewardship of the NHS, blaming a freeze on pay, "GP-bashing" and a failure to deliver improvements.
Support for Labour dropped from 31% to 23% between 2005 and 2007, while backing for the Liberal Democrats also fell, from 19% to 13% over the same period.
The survey also found 15% of doctors now want the creation of an independent NHS, 10% want no or less change, and 7% desire more autonomy for GPs.
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: "The people who the public trust most to deliver their healthcare, like doctors and nurses, are the same people who trust the Conservative Party with the NHS.