Government needs to offer clarity on its approach to asymptomatic testing

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today written to the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, urging her to publish the scientific advice which informed the government's approach to asymptomatic transmission in care homes and called on her to clarify her comments on the value of testing asymptomatic individuals.

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"Staggering" pre-crisis CAMHS queue can't be allowed to get longer

Responding to new child and adolescent mental health waiting times statistics for the first three months of 2020 showing a record 1,253 children waiting more than a year for treatment, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton demands answers to hard questions on patient mobilisation

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for answers from the government on vulnerable older people being moved from hospital settings to care homes.

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Cole-Hamilton demands March and April care home admissions stats are published in full

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP asked the First Minister today to release specific data on people entering care homes in March and April. 

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Scottish Liberal Democrats set out measures to strengthen mental health services to mark Mental Health Week

On the eve of Mental Health Week, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out new steps the Scottish Government should take to improve the mental health of the nation in the wake of coronavirus. Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said we must "be prepared for the scale of the challenge" as we "emerge from the shadow of the virus".

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Lib Dems bid to pave the way for safe street cafe culture

Scottish Liberal Democrats have proposed an amendment to the latest coronavirus emergency legislation to help pave the way for more cafes, restaurants and bars to use closed roads to enable social distancing between customers, once they are permitted to re-open.

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Lib Dems submit amendments to restore freedom of information legislation

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has submitted amendments that would unwind the limits placed on freedom of information by the Scottish Government due to coronavirus, as he warned that the crisis should not be used to inhibit public scrutiny.

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BBC Documentary exposes test, track and trace mistakes at early stages

Commenting on the BBC Panorama documentary on Scotland’s lockdown and the Health Secretary’s subsequent questioning on the associated test and trace practices, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Use mass testing to enable visits to the elderly and vulnerable

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for the Scottish Government to explore using mass testing to enable people to safely visit elderly or vulnerable family members, in order to boost spirits during the lockdown.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for recycling centres to reopen

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today written to the Communities and Local Government Secretary calling for recycling centres to be opened on a socially distanced basis, as he warned of increases in fly-tipping and the build up of household waste during the lockdown.

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