Doctors in snub.
DOCS are refusing to see new patients - even if they are ill.
GPs blame staff shortages, long working hours and lack of funds for the clampdown.
But the Government insists there are more GPs than ever.
Consumer Association researchers posing as new patients contacted 12 surgeries across Scotland.
But four refused to see them, saying doctors' lists were full.
Andrew McDonald, of GP recruitment service, said: "Each new patient means income, so turning people away is a statement about the surgery's concerns about quality of care."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 10, 2003|
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