The leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland has warned that doctors in the country will face a difficult time next year.
And Dr Peter Terry (pictured), chairman of the BMA in Scotland, used his New Year message to call on Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to address the numerous challenges that members of the profession will face in 2008.
He said: "2008 will be a testing time for many groups of doctors in the NHS. GPs face a difficult time with the current round of contract negotiations and staff and associate specialists are still seeking agreement on the details for their new contract.
"The BMA in Scotland is proud of the way that doctors, managers and politicians worked together to overcome some of the challenges we faced in 2007, and we have high expectations for the new Scottish Government in 2008.
"I hope that Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon maintains her commitment to work with the profession to address the many challenges facing our profession in the coming year and to do what is in the best interests of the Scottish health service.
"If not we risk losing excellent doctors from NHS Scotland to the detriment of our patients."