Cole-Hamilton appeals for "flexitime Christmas" for key workers

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton today appealed to the First Minister to allow key workers to take a "flexitime" approach to the 5-day lift of restrictions if they are scheduled to work over Christmas, following a constituent getting in touch who will be working on Christmas day.

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4 in 10 young people waiting too long for mental health treatment

Responding to the news that just 60.6% of children who started mental health treatment in the quarter ending September 2020 did so within 18 weeks, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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135,000 operations lost to Covid

Responding to the new analysis showing that 135,000 scheduled operations have now been lost to the pandemic, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Lib Dems call for Scotland Cares covid volunteer database to be put to use tackling loneliness this Christmas

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to make use of the “colossal” Scotland Cares volunteer database to tackle loneliness across Scotland this winter.  

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Cole-Hamilton pushes Scottish Government to help Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Western Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has asked the First Minister if funds can be found to help Edinburgh Zoo.

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Campaign to re-open libraries

In the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton asked the Cabinet Secretary for Communities to make more government funding available to local authorities so they can employ more cleaners to allow for more libraries to reopen.

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Lib Dems: Suicide rates demand transformation from CAMHS through to crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for "a service transformation from CAMHS through to crisis" after it was revealed that 833 people died by suicide in 2019.

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Vast time lag on suicide statistics leaves us “in the dark”

Speaking ahead of the publication of Scottish suicide statistics tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned that the statistics need to be published more regularly so government and services can swiftly respond to concerning trends. 

 

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Cole-Hamilton: Buck stops with ministers on care home protection downgrade

Speaking after a BBC Sunday Politics interview with Health Secretary Jeane Freeman in which she confirmed that COVID positive people were being transferred to care homes, the health spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems call for Covid vaccine booking service details

Responding to the Scottish Government making the first announcements in relation to a vaccine rollout strategy, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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