The British Medical Association's lead Scottish GP has demanded a review of policy on extending GP opening hours in Scotland.

Speaking at the Scottish BMA's annual GPs' conference, committee chair Dean Marshall claimed "evidence free" health policies were undermining general practice, and called on the Scottish government to "commit to a review and evaluation of extended hours services in Scotland".

No demand

Dr Marshall said anecdotal evidence suggested that in urban areas, appointments are filled by those who can come during the day, such as the elderly, the unemployed and the long term sick, while in rural areas, appointments are not taken up and GPs "sit in empty buildings waiting for a 'demand' that doesn't exist".

He said: "In these difficult financial times, is it really appropriate for us to be wasting resources on what is effectively a PR exercise?"