First Minister signals shift on Parent and Baby group limits

Today Alex Cole-Hamilton asked the first minster about her government’s policy on parent and baby groups being limited to just 5 adults despite a larger number allowed in gyms, bars and cafes. In particular he asked the First Minster what the science was behind limiting classes to just 5.

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Lib Dems respond to extension of NHS emergency footing status

Responding to the news that the NHS will remain on an emergency footing until 31st March 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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“Take them seriously” FM to Edinburgh City Council on residents’ concerns over East Craigs/ Craigmount Road changes

Today the First Minister agreed with Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton that it is important that local people’s point of view is taken into consideration, in sweeping road changes that will affect 3,500 homes, and she urged Edinburgh Council to do just that.

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Sick Kids saga has many more months ahead

Responding to the news that the opening of the delayed Sick Kids has now been delayed from the autumn to 25th January 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

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CAMHS queue rises to over 1,500 children waiting over a year

Responding to new child and adolescent mental health waiting times statistics for April to June showing a record 1,520 children waiting more than year for treatment, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Sick Kids project - "a catastrophic episode start to finish"

Responding to new reports that a spreadsheet error set in motion a series of events that delayed the opening of the Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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“Alarmingly” long patient list for key tests

Commenting on new statistics which show close to 100,000 patients are waiting for key diagnostic tests and 65% of patients waiting longer than the target time of six weeks, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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Health Sec must get to the root of the test booking problem urgently

Responding to reports of faults with the coronavirus test-booking system, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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Health Sec must explain "glaring gap" between quarantine police reports and uncontactable cases

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Health Secretary to explain the "glaring gap" between the number of people requiring to quarantine that the National Contact Tracing Centre is unable to contact and the number of cases being passed to Police Scotland. 

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New stats reveal "staggering failures" with the quarantine tracing system as less than 7% successfully checked

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded answers about the "staggering failures" with the quarantine tracing system, after new statistics included in the Covid-19 Statistical Report published today by Public Health Scotland revealed only 6.8% of those required to quarantine in Scotland have been successfully contacted by a contact tracer. 

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