Published: 19/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5823 Page 8

The British Medical Association in Scotland has told GPs that they are not contractually obliged to meet 48-hour access targets, cutting across a key plank of government health policy.The BMA wrote to Scottish local medical committees with its advice after NHS boards were asked by the Scottish Executive to draw up action plans to meet the two-day target, set in the Scottish health plan Our National Health .BMA Scottish GPs committee joint chair David Love said: 'We do not think the 48hour target is unreasonable, but GPs are being expected to achieve it without extra resources.'