Lib Dems reveal child mental health target breached by 1.7 million days

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has condemned ministers for the scale on which they have failed young people after he published new figures showing the Scottish Government has breached its own child mental health waiting time target by more than 1.7 million days since its introduction.

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SCOTRAIL CRISIS: MEETING WITH MANAGING DIRECTOR AND STEPS TOWARDS A SOLUTION

Alongside Almond Cllr Kevin Lang I met with ScotRail Managing Director Alex Hynes for crisis talks about the ongoing situation at Dalmeny station and South Gyle regarding the under provision of rolling stock and train cancellations. Mr Hynes confirmed that the problems on services from Fife to the capital are the worst in the country and as such are his number one priority.

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Health board escalations an “SOS from the NHS”

Responding to the news that five Scottish health boards have been escalated to stage three or above in the NHS Board Performance Escalation Framework, meaning risks require tailored support and a recovery plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Salmond should leave RT after Ofcom verdict

Responding to a ruling from Ofcom that RT broke broadcasting codes seven times in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning incident, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Cancer wait time performance “disgraceful”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment a “disgrace”, as new statistics show quarterly performance against the 62 day target is at its worst since the standard was introduced in 2012.

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New figures show longest physio waits since target introduced

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients in pain are facing “setback after setback” as new figures showed that just 45.6% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target, the lowest level since the current system of recording started in 2015.

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Cole-Hamilton: Ease up the burden on A&E staff this Christmas

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Health Secretary to give health professionals “a break this Christmas” and ease their workload, after another poor week of A&E performance figures were published this morning.

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Cole-Hamilton: Assurances needed on NHS beds

Responding to the news that there has been a reduction of 374 available staffed beds in the NHS in the last year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the CAMHS budget to be boosted and for new mental health beds to be provided north of Dundee as a new report showed a rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for action to end the GP crisis

Responding to the publication of a GP headcount, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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