DOCTORS believe they are being held back from making improvements to NHS services due to excessive red tape and a lack of time, research shows.

A survey by the British Medical Association, whose annual conference begins today in Edinburgh, found that two-thirds of doctors (67 per cent) said they had wanted to make changes or improvements in the last year.

But 89 per cent of medics said they had faced barriers when trying to make things better in the health service due to because of factors such as bureaucracy, lack of time and financial constraints.

The leader of Scotland’s doctors said it was a “great concern” that NHS staff felt held back in improving services for patients.