Private firms supplying medical staff to NHS Scotland have made millions of pounds of profit and paid some directors up to £800,000.
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.
Urban GPs with large patient lists are among those most likely to give patients phone consultations instead of face-to-face appointments, analysis by The Ferret has found.
Ferret Fact Service looks at the issues with comparing A&E statistics north and south of the border.
Ferret Fact Service looked at claims made by the SNP leadership candidates in the recent TV debates.
Private health firms have financial links to politicians, been accused of mistreating staff and patients, and are charging up to £250 for GP appointments.
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.
Ferret Fact Service looks at a claim comparing adverse effects from the vaccine to Covid-19.