Government must ensure families benefit from new child payment

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement of details of the Scottish Child Payment, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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“Startling and heartbreaking” rise in suicides among both young people and adults

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today branded new statistics showing a dramatic rise in the number of suicides in Scotland in 2018 “startling and heart-breaking” as he demanded new investment in mental health.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for support for “struggling” alcohol and drug treatment services

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to take urgent steps to support struggling substance misuse services, after new figures showed NHS Lothian breaching the waiting time target for alcohol and drug treatment.

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Cancer wait time performance “scandalous”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment a “scandal”, 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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Charity referrals for school uniform double

Volunteers at Edinburgh School Uniform Bank are receiving requests for back-to-school packs at an alarming rate, with twice the number of referrals coming in compared to the same period last year.

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Over 1,100 people facing 12 week hospital dental treatment waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today revealed new figures showing almost ten times as many patients are now waiting over 12 weeks for hospital dental treatment as there were four years ago. 

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Gender Recognition reform risks being punted into next Parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today expressed concern that plans for a second consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act will lead to no legislation being passed in the current parliament.

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Lib Dems to oppose the Planning Bil

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today announced that they will vote against the Planning Bill again at Stage 3, the final parliamentary hurdle, blaming “SNP timidity and Tory obstructionism” for the failure to radically overhaul planning in Scotland.

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Conservative party “hopelessly cavalier” about future of UK

Commenting on a new YouGov poll of Conservative party members which reports that 63% would accept Scotland leaving the UK as the price of Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat election campaign chair Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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New report highlights link between drug deaths and traumatic experiences

Commenting on a new report into drug deaths in Tayside last year which revealed that 62 out of 78 people (79.5%) who died as a result of using drugs were recorded as having experienced at least one adverse event during their lifetime, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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