Extended waits for alcohol and drug treatment could have “serious consequences”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the government to take urgent steps to “transform the way we approach alcohol and drug misuse”, after new figures showed three of Scotland’s biggest health boards breaching the treatment time target.

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Mundell threatens to quit again

Commenting on reports that David Mundell has threatened to resign from cabinet again, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton responds to tragic infection deaths at NHS Lothian

Responding to reports that NHS Lothian has written to nearly 200 patients who underwent heart surgery in the last six months to warn them of a potentially deadly infection risk, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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For the sake of the NHS we need a Brexit vote

Responding to a speech from Andrew Buist, Chair of the BMA Scotland’s GP Committee, voicing his concerns over the serious long-term damage that Brexit is set to inflict on health and social care systems across the UK, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Huge upsurge in volume of heroin and ecstasy seized

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the government to endorse “humane proposals” to establish heroin assisted treatment clinics, as new statistics reveal the volume of heroin seized by Police Scotland in 2017-18 had doubled from the previous year and the number of ecstasy-type tablets seized had tripled.

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Hundreds wait over six months for chronic pain treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned long waits for treatment are preventing people getting on with their lives after new statistics showed 400 patients waited more than six months to get help for chronic pain treatment.

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Patients deserve better than dust and grime at super hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the Health Secretary must oversee a drastic improvement in governance and conditions at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after an inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland highlighted a series of serious safety and cleanliness issues.

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Edinburgh begging report must be a launchpad for change

Commenting on new research into begging in Edinburgh, published by the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership along with charity Shelter Scotland, Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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More than 600 operations cancelled in January for capacity or non-clinical reasons

Responding to the news that 638 operations were cancelled in January for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Number of patients trapped in hospital unnecessarily increases

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for an exit from Brexit and an end to the threat it poses to the care sector, as new statistics showed a 20% month-on-month increase in the number of patients stuck in hospital for health and social care reasons.

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