571 “distressing” operation cancellations in February

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 571 operations were cancelled in February alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

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Breast cancer treatment must be consistent and effective

Commenting on a new report from Healthcare Improvement Scotland criticising NHS Tayside after breast cancer patients were given lower doses of chemotherapy than patients elsewhere in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Support councils to deliver Frank's Law as intended

Commenting as "Frank's Law", providing free personal care for under 65s, comes into force Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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ScotRail Update: Dalmeny

There has been a noticeable increase in issues on the morning services at Dalmeny again. This culminated in the 08.25 (29/03) appearing as cancelled on the App, and then sailing past without stopping, leaving nearly 100 people on the platform. I contacted Alex Hynes, MD at Scotrail first thing to raise this as there had been an operational policy against 'skip-stopping.'

 

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Queensferry Crossing 1 Year Review

It's been over one year since the Queensferry Crossing was given full motorway designation. I have raised many issues with Transport Scotland about the impact on traffic profile and flow around South Queensferry since the Bridge opened to traffic in 2017.

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Chief Medical Officer warns of shortages in event of no deal Brexit

Commenting on a new letter from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, giving advice to health professionals on preparations for a no deal Brexit, which warns of medicine shortages and the need to provide alternative treatments, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for clarity on hospital mould sources

Responding to the Health Secretary’s statement on the infections at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton criticises “outrageous” cancer wait time performance

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment “outrageous”, as new statistics show quarterly performance against the 62 day target at close to the worst level since the current standard was introduced in 2012.

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Cole-Hamilton: Worrying vaccine trend must be reversed

Responding to new statistics which show childhood immunisation in Scotland has dropped in all-but-three of the 17 immunisation courses and boosters for children under the age of six, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Government needs to treatment people in pain as a priority

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today demanded the government treat people in pain as a priority, as new figures showed that just 44.7% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target, the lowest level since the current system of recording started.

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