586 day late suicide plan must boost early intervention

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Government's long overdue suicide prevention plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Social care shortages sees 16% more patients stuck in hospital

Responding to new statistics showing that there were 1,109 patients in hospital unnecessarily due to 'health and social care reasons' at the June 2018 census, 150 more patients than at the same point last year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton reacts to another missed cancer target

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the Scottish Government needs to boost its efforts to improve participation in screening programmes after the number of people taking part in a test for cancer declined.

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Cole-Hamilton responds to reports of NHS Tayside boss pay-off

Responding to reports that the former chief executive of troubled NHS Tayside received a £300,000 pay-off, Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Early cancer diagnosis critical

New figures out today show that the Government is still missing their own cancer detection target by a wide margin.

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Cole-Hamilton: 15 years on yet little progress in improving Scots diet

Scottish Liberal Democrats health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government must get its teeth into a new study from a trio of universities which suggests little progress has been made in improving the diet of Scots over the past 15 years.

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Scottish Government fails to meet A&E waiting time target for a year

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the Scottish Government for failing to meet its own A&E waiting time target for an entire year.

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Cole-Hamilton comments on Johnston Press bid dropping Salmond

Commenting on reports that an investor looking to take over Johnston Press has dropped plans to install Alex Salmond as chairman of the newspaper group, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for councils to be given power to create abortion clinic buffer zones

After NHS Lothian and Edinburgh City councillors expressed concern about patients and staff being intimidated outside abortion clinics, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has expressed disappointment that the Scottish Government is not actively exploring introducing safe zones to protect women from harassment.

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Salmond’s TV show “dishonest and misleading”

Responding to news that Alex Salmond’s RT show has breached broadcasting rules, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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