Edinburgh Zoo Host Shielding Hour

Edinburgh Zoo Host Shielding Hour

 

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today praised Edinburgh Zoo following the success of their dedicated “Shielding Hours” that took place over the weekend.  On both Saturday and Sunday, Edinburgh Zoo opened an hour earlier to allow families of which a member has been classed as clinically vulnerable to enjoy the Zoo, without the anxieties that come with re-entering public spaces.

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Cole-Hamilton Presses for Answers on Threat to Airport Jobs

As Parliament returned yesterday, Edinburgh Western MSP  Alex Cole-Hamilton continued in his efforts to gain support for Edinburgh Airport. Following a Ministerial Statement on Covid-19, Mr Cole-Hamilton asked the Cabinet Secretary for Transport to meet with the aviation sector to discuss testing as an alternative to quarantine. Mr Cole-Hamilton also took the opportunity to stress the value of the domestic air market to Edinburgh Airport, by asking the Cabinet Secretary to rule out the possibility of a quarantine for those arriving into Scotland from England.

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Mixed Dental Practices Facing Severe Redundancies

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today backed calls from the British Dental Association for additional financial support for mixed and private dental practices.

New figures from the British Dental Association (BDA) Scotland reveal that over 90% of mixed dental practices, which provide care for both NHS and Private dental patients, are not confident of maintaining their current staff levels in the coming year.

These findings come after dental practices were forced to shut for three months as part of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

BDA Scotland’s figures also provide real cause for concern for the future of NHS dental care. They revealed that over half of practices carrying out majority/exclusively NHS procedures anticipate a comparative reduction in procedures during the next twelve months.

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Health Secretary must set out when 90 minute Covid tests will be available in Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to set out when Scots suspected of having Covid-19 will have access to new 90-minute testing machines.

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Alex Salmond insulting democratic values by staying at RT

Speaking on the continued role for Alex Salmond at Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT, the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton Seeks Urgent Action from Scottish Government as Edinburgh Airport Fights to Save Jobs

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to outline the support it will provide for the aviation industry, as a matter of urgency. Edinburgh airport, which lies withing Mr Cole-Hamilton’s constituency, announced earlier today that they are faced with having to cut up to two thousand of the seven thousand jobs that the campus directly provides.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

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New figures reveal alcohol a factor in 90,000 ambulance callouts since 2016

As lockdown eases and people increasingly socialise, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has highlighted the need to drink responsibly and said new statistics showing 90,000 ambulance call-outs since 2016 registered alcohol as a factor "emphasise once again the thanks we owe to hardworking NHS staff".

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Cole-Hamilton warns Edinburgh Zoo still faces great financial uncertainty

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton visited Edinburgh Zoo last week to meet with the Zoos’ Director of Engagement Ben Supple, and CEO David Field. The purpose of the visit was to see first-hand how the zoo has adapted since reopening, and to discuss the long term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the zoo.

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Rapid forward-looking inquiry must examine deprivation divide

Responding to new statistics released today by the National Records of Scotland, which show that people in the most deprived areas of Scotland were 2.1 times more likely to die with the virus than those living in the least deprived areas, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Prepare for mental health tidal wave

Commenting on a new report from the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group which issues a warning about the impact of the virus crisis on mental health and wellbeing, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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