Greg Hunt vows to be a 'health minister for GPs'

Australia's new Minister for Health has vowed to "re-establish the value, the role and importance of GPs".

Greg Hunt was appointed to the portfolio by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday morning following the resignation of Sussan Ley.

Mr Hunt immediately took to the airwaves to declare the importance of general practice to the future of Australia's healthcare.

"I want to re-establish that value, their role, their importance, their trust in the community,” Mr Hunt told reporters.

"I am biased towards nurses, as the son of a nurse and as the husband of a nurse, I am biased to the nurses and our volunteers and our allied health workers.

"But I do, again, want to repeat that for GPs, I want to be their health minister."

The government has been urged to ditch the Medicare freeze.

Mr Hunt, who would not be drawn on future policy options, said: “Medicare is the