Prison not the solution for vulnerable people who are misusing drugs

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for serious drug and sentencing reform ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the Holyrood Health Committee, where the Scottish Prison Service will provide evidence on the Scottish Government’s drug strategy.

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Cancer patients left lonely and cold

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to ensure comprehensive provision of aftercare after new research suggested that cancer patients were struggling to heat their homes.

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A&E target missed since July

Commenting on new A&E stats showing the A&E target was hit for just 85.8% of attendees, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Scot Lib Dems launch social care consultation

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today launched a consultation on the future of social care, warning that the ageing population is set to add an extra burden to a system already under "immense pressure".

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SNP closing kids ward

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the SNP Government's decision to close a children's ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley will be "a bitter blow to parents and campaigners" who have battled to keep facilities open.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton comments on "Trumpian" SNP PPB

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"It's a worrying development when a governing party use Trumpian tactics to ridicule prominent journalists who rightly scrutinise both their achievements in office, and their lack thereof, and challenge the case for independence.

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Government must lay out plans for national falls strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to begin work on a national falls strategy in collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders, after the SNP accepted a Lib Dem amendment calling for the Government to report on progress on the strategy.

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A&E pressure week in week out

In response to new A&E waiting time statistics for the first week of 2018, showing a 25% increase in patients waiting over 8 hours and a 73% increase in those waiting over 12 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Queensferry crossing works to continue until September

Responding to new information released to a Scottish Parliament committee revealing the 23 outstanding works on the Queensferry Crossing Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Unprecedented measures needed at A&E

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E target was the worst on record during the final week of 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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