GPs in Crisis
The Scottish Government said it is committed to resisting NHS privatisation after a Ferret investigation led to 1,000 people signing a letter to the health minister.
GPs and professional bodies want primary health care infrastructure, including GP surgeries, to be partly funded by housing developers.
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.
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 have been raised about the impacts on patients as GP chains take over ailing practices across Scotland.
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 have been raised over private companies obtaining medical reports from GPs for people seeking a firearms licence from Police Scotland.
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.