Dr Mark Porter's response featured on the BBC website and in the Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times, Independent, Financial Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Express and the Sun alongside a large number of regional publications.
"Jeremy Hunt has been health secretary for four years, and while it is welcome that he has finally admitted the government has failed to train enough doctors to meet rising demand, this announcement falls far short of what is needed.
"The government's poor workforce planning has meant that the health service is currently facing huge and predictable staff shortages. We desperately need more doctors, particularly with the government plans for further seven-day services, but it will take a decade for extra places at medical school to produce more doctors. This initiative will not stop the NHS from needing to recruit overseas staff.
"International doctors bring great skill and expertise to the NHS. Without them, our health service would not be able to cope.
"Over the past year, junior doctors across the country have raised concerns about the reality of working in an overstretched NHS and the impact that has on their morale and patient care. We know there are chronic staff shortages and rota gaps across the NHS, with major recruitment problems in areas such as emergency medicine and general practice. The government must tackle the root causes of this workforce crisis and the reasons why so many UK-trained doctors say they will choose to leave the NHS rather than forcing doctors to stay in a profession in which they can see no future. Demotivated, burnt-out doctors in this situation will not be good for patients."
Dr Mark Porter, BMA chair of council
Dr Krishna Kasaraneni's response was covered in trade press.
"GP recruitment has not hit the target consistently for nearly a decade. There are currently hundreds of vacancies making a mockery of government's aim to recruit an additional 5,000 GPs by 2020.
"GP workload is increasing at dramatic rates and funding has dropped disproportionately over the last few years. Yet, rather than addressing the root causes of this recruitment crisis, the government wants to lock medical students in to stay working in the NHS, a proposal which can only have a negative impact on morale.
"The government needs to invest in general practice, decrease the bureaucratic workload and make general practice an attractive career for the next generation of doctors. Forcing doctors to stay in the health service when they want to gain experience elsewhere, for example, will not address this recruitment and retention crisis, nor is it be in the best interests of patient care.
Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, BMA GPC policy lead for Education, Training and Workforce