Scottish GPs call for housing developers to contribute to healthcare
GPs and professional bodies want primary health care infrastructure, including GP surgeries, to be partly funded by housing developers.
The rescue ship – a solution to the GP crisis?
The Ferret looked into Deep End practices and the ways they have developed to address the challenges faced by the country’s most deprived areas.
What could reduce GP workload and improve healthcare access?
While GP caseloads continue to grow, a number of initiatives spearheaded by health boards, surgeries and charities have sought to try and find solutions.
Concerns raised over GP chains taking over practices
Concerns have been raised about the impacts on patients as GP chains take over ailing practices across Scotland.
Private health firms charging Scots hundreds for GP appointments
Private health firms have financial links to politicians, been accused of mistreating staff and patients, and are charging up to £250 for GP appointments.
Concerns raised over private firms obtaining medical reports for gun licences
Concerns have been raised over private companies obtaining medical reports from GPs for people seeking a firearms licence from Police Scotland.
GPs working at ‘unsafe levels’ as patient numbers soar at a third of practices
GPs said they were being forced to work at “unsafe levels” with duty doctors in average practices clocking up to 75 appointments in one day.
Growing patient lists and unsafe working: patients and doctors speak out from the front lines of primary care
Amid rising concerns over heavy patient lists and unsafe work conditions in primary care, patients and doctors share their experiences of a system under strain.
Revealed: Tobacco firms lobbied politicians at Holyrood 34 times
Tobacco companies have intensified their lobbying efforts at Holyrood ahead of a potential tightening of smoking legislation, The Ferret can reveal.