“Lax and irresponsible” adverts still directing parents to deserted Sick Kids site

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the “lax and irresponsible” mismanagement of the Sick Kids crisis, after revealing that more than a month after the hospital move was cancelled buses in Edinburgh are continuing to display adverts that direct parents to the deserted hospital.

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Early cancer diagnosis essential

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the Scottish Government is failing patients after new figures out today show that it is still missing its own cancer detection target by a wide margin, years after it was supposed to be met.

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Audit shows delayed discharge challenge for critical care

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said it is no surprise that staff shortages and delayed discharges are taking its toll on every part of the NHS, after a new audit report highlighted critical care units struggling with demand and obstructions.

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Sick Kids “ghost hospital” scandal triggers questions at Holyrood

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson has asked 32 parliamentary questions about the scandal surrounding the new Sick Kids, demanding that the Health Secretary is upfront with Parliament about how bad the problems really are.

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Capacity constraints cause 530 cancelled ops in June

Responding to the news that 532 operations were cancelled in June for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Delayed discharges worsen again

Responding to the news that delayed discharges caused by health and social care problems are at their highest level since last October, with 1,141 people delayed at the June census, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Alex Hosts Pop-Up First Aid Events

Following the interest generated around his family when local Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton had to resuscitate his 4 year old daughter when she swallowed a coin, Alex organised 3 pop-up first aid training events in West Edinburgh to offer people the opportunity to get basic life saving skills. In total, over 40 local people were trained by local volunteers in first strike emergency care.

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Alex Secures ‘Falls Strategy’ Victory

Local Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has received widespread praise for forcing the Scottish Government to bring forward a national ‘Falls and Fractures’ Strategy to reduce falls among older people and other vulnerable groups. On three occasions he secured a Parliamentary majority to defeat the government on this issue. 

 

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Years of real terms cuts to drug and alcohol support

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today warned SNP claims to be tackling soaring drug deaths fly in the face of years of real terms cuts to drug and alcohol partnerships as a freedom of information request published by the government revealed £47 million in real terms cuts between 2014/15 and 2018/19.

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Lib Dems expose two years of missed A&E targets

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has blasted the Scottish Government for failing to meet its A&E performance target for two years as he revealed that since the target was last met, more than a quarter of a million people have waited too long for treatment.

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