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August 15, 2008
Since April, 51% of Scottish practices have extended their opening hours by an average two-and-a-half hours a week

Figures show that more than half of GP surgeries in Scotland are now offering appointments outside normal opening hours, in spite of the BMA's opposition to the plan.

The Scottish government launched the policy in April, and in the four months since then, 51% of practices, serving almost 3 million patients, have extended their opening hours by an average two-and-a-half hours a week.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the figures, but called for more practices to take part.

July 3, 2008
Audit Scotland report finds "underestimation" of the costs of the 2004 GMS contract after significant increase in GP salaries

The new contract for GP practices in Scotland has cost £160m more than expected and should have been better planned, an official report has found.

The new General Medical Services (GMS) contract was introduced four years ago and has seen the average income of GPs rise by 38% from £65,180 in 2003/04 to £90,127 two years later.

In the first three years of the contract, GMS cost £160m more than was allocated to pay for them.

June 25, 2008
Scottish public health minister announces additional investment to enhance extended hours service by funding nursing care

Up to £2.65m is to be made available to allow Scottish GP practices to extend their surgery opening hours with nursing support, the public health minister has announced.

Since April, GP practices in Scotland have been able to apply for extra funding to extend their opening hours to weekday evenings, early mornings or Saturday mornings.

The additional investment is designed to enhance the service by funding nursing care during the extended hours.

June 13, 2008
Life expectancy remains lower in Scotland than Europe on average by almost a year for men - and almost two years for women

Scotland's largest healthcare union told a major conference yesterday that the key to tackling Scotland's poor health record and the unequal impact of poor health on poorer areas, is for governments at all levels to use taxation and benefits to reduce poverty, and for Scotland's NHS to remain publicly owned and democratically controlled.

Other steps that governments can take, the union said, are to deliver well-funded public services to underpin decent lives and encourage high-quality, safe and healthy work for all who need it.

November 13, 2007
New report shows that sick leave among workers in Scotland's NHS has reached record levels

A new report shows that sick leave among workers in Scotland's National Health Service has reached record levels.

According to the study, the average NHS worker in the country is sick for 13 days of the year, and the absences are costing the service £160m annually.

The figures cover the whole range of staff employed by the NHS, ranging from doctors and nurses, to cleaners and porters.

The report shows that NHS Lanarkshire had the worst sickness rate in 2006-07, at 6.3%, while NHS Orkney had the best, at 4.3%.

November 9, 2007
A GP has denied that an increasing number of patients in Scotland are suffering with mental illnesses

A GP has denied claims that a rise in antidepressant prescriptions means more people are struggling with the mental illness.

New figures show 85 daily doses of the drug were dispensed per 1,000 people last year, a massive jump on the 19 per 1,000 people seen back in 1992.

But Dr Philip Wilson, a GP working in Glasgow and a researcher at the University of Glasgow, said it shows a similar number of patients are being prescribed more antidepressants over a longer period.

November 6, 2007
BMA Scotland says extra funding needed to cope with growing population

GPs in Scotland are struggling to cope with the country's rising population, the British Medical Association (BMA) claims.

And the crisis could eventually see patients turned away from surgeries, it added.

BMA Scotland said the government must provide extra funding if GPs are to cope with the pressure on the health service from workers from places such as Poland and other Eastern European countries.

October 3, 2007
Scottish health secretary says NHS Scotland must listen to the needs of its patients

Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon (pictured, right) has said the NHS north of the border must make sure it listens to patients and understands their needs.

In her keynote address at a conference in Stirling on the future of cancer care in the country, she said: "All too often people don't know how to get involved or to have their say about what happens to them.

September 25, 2007
General practice teams in Scotland have once again demonstrated high standards of patient care

Family doctors in Scotland are working to high standards, scoring highly in their Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) points, figures reveal.

A report shows general practice teams in Scotland have achieved 97% of the QOF points available.
QOF was introduced in April 2004, it offers practices 1,000 points if they deliver on a range of services which translate into more financial resources for the surgery.