Ministers must be straight with patients about treatment time law

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament debated a Scottish Liberal Democrat motion calling for every patient for whom the 12-week it is missed to be sent a letter by the Health Secretary apologising for the Scottish Government’s failure to abide by its own law, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems bid to make Health Secretary apologise to patients after treatment time law breaches

This week Scottish Liberal Democrats led a debate on the Scottish Government’s legally-binding Treatment Time Guarantee as they asked Parliament to back proposals for every patient for whom the 12-week it is missed to be sent a letter by the Health Secretary apologising for the Scottish Government’s failure to abide by its own law.

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Edinburgh Western racking up payday loans

Scottish Liberal Democrat research, obtained through StepChange Debt Charity, has shown that Edinburgh Western residents are racking up large payday loans with an average of £1817 per client. This is significantly higher than the Scottish average.  

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Edinburgh Western MSP CAMPAIGNS TO SAVE THE CAMMO FIELDS

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton recently met with developers to voice strenuous opposition to plans for a major housing development at Cammo. He  highlighted widespread local opposition to the proposed development on Cammo fields.

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Alex hosts first aid pop-ups

My wife Gill and I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of local people who expressed concern at our story and good wishes for Darcy who is back to her usual, happy and cheeky, self. It's important for us to use the attention we've had around this incident to raise awareness and get people interested with training opportunities. 

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Cole-Hamilton demands improvements in mental health support for those who witness suicide or trauma

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP and Janice Malone have today launched a campaign to improve the mental health support available for witnesses of trauma or suicide, after they both witnessed the suicide of a man in central Edinburgh four years ago.

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SNP still failing to improve A&E waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised ministers for failing to give NHS staff the resources they need as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 87.4%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 21 consecutive months.

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Cole Hamilton on “anguish” caused by nearly 500 cancelled operations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 490 operations were cancelled in March alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

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Deletion of correspondence risks hampering Government probe

Responding to a letter from Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans to the Committee on Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints, warning that documents relevant to the ongoing probe may have been deleted and cannot be retrieved, committee member Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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SNP must show political will to use new benefit powers

Commenting on a new report into Scottish Government’s implementation of its social security powers from the Auditor General, which notes that the Scottish Government “hasn't yet got a clear understanding of what's needed to deliver the more complex benefits to come, or how much it will cost”, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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