EXCLUSIVE: 27 medical practices across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife are forced to turn away new patients.
Forth News can reveal 27 GP practices across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife are too full to accept new patients.
The problem is worst in the NHS Lothian area where 16 surgeries have closed their lists, while in Fife 11 are being forced to turn people away.
According to new figures, a total of 35 practices across Scotland are full.
Regulations say health boards should find other ways to support practices to take on new patients such as hiring more doctors.
Shadow Health Secretary Neil Findlay says this is the latest in a series a major problems facing the health service...