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AN ELECTRONIC prescribing link between doctors and high street chemists is a UK first for the health service in Scotland, officials said today.
THE practice of making GPs open their surgeries for longer hours must be urgently reviewed, doctors' leaders said yesterday after the scheme was branded a "PR exercise".
HUNDREDS of patients must be cut from GPs' practice lists to allow doctors to spend more time dealing with complex illnesses, a conference will hear next week.
DOCTORS could be asked to open their surgeries on public holidays in an attempt to deal with surges in demand to Scotland's out-of-hours NHS helpline.
ALL of Britain's 150,000 doctors will face annual assessments so licences can be removed from poor performers, under radical proposals to be outlined by the Chief Medical Officer today.
A LUCRATIVE new contract for Scottish GPs that gave them a 38 per cent pay rise over three years has failed to reduce health inequalities or improve access for patients.
A LEADING doctor has accused the Scottish Government of following Westminster's lead on extended hours.
MORE than half a million Scots will have their out-of-hours access to GPs restricted under a deal struck between the Scottish Government and doctors.
THE Scottish Government's commitment to making GPs open their surgeries for longer hours is facing fresh opposition from doctors who claim it is an inappropriate use of resources.
FAMILY doctors were on a collision course with the Scottish Government last night over plans to extend GP hours, with fears that many will keep their doors shut.
FEMALE doctors in the UK face a glass ceiling in the clinical academic sector, even though more are entering the medical profession, a study shows.
MORE than 20,000 attacks against NHS staff are reported each year in Scotland, figures obtained by The Scotsman reveal, suggesting verbal and physical abuse of doctors, nurses and other health service workers has reached record levels.
FAMILY doctors have not had it easy in the last couple of years, with accusations that they earn too much and work too little. Soaring wage bills as a result of their 2004 contract, which also allowed GPs to opt out of working antisocial hours, have led to some asking whether the taxpayer is getting their money's worth.
AUDIT Scotland, the independent watchdog over how public money is spent, is a naturally cautious body. Its reports contain detailed analysis and evaluation of how taxpayers' money is spent, but with the minimum of comment. Usually, the facts are left to speak for themselves. So it is a sign of how seriously Audit Scotland considers the problem to be, that its latest report - on out-of-hours healthcare - is couched in uncharacteristically blunt language.
SCOTLAND'S out-of-hours health service is facing a staff crisis, as hundreds of GPs abandon evening and weekend working, a report has warned.
A GP practice that refused to treat foreign visitors for free in protest over the treatment of its own patients abroad has been forced to back down, it emerged yesterday.
FAMILY doctors in Scotland may abandon the country if pay is not improved, their leaders warned yesterday, as figures showed they earned £20,000 a year less than their colleagues in England.
A DOCTOR who committed suicide on a Highland mountainside was under huge pressure to complete his training to become a consultant before a deadline in November, police sources have revealed.