Cole-Hamilton brands further delays to Sick Kids a “shambles”

Responding to the announcement today that the opening of Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People could face prolonged delays, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems submit 10 point drug and alcohol plan to ministers

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today submitted his party’s ten point plan for tackling drug and alcohol misuse to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman and Public Health minister Joe Fitzpatrick, as he warned that another decade of failure will not be tolerated in the wake of figures revealing Scotland now has the worst drug death rate in the developed world.

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Scotland now has the worst drugs death crisis in the developed world

Responding to new figures showing that there were 1,187 drugs deaths in Scotland in 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Minister suggests drugs deaths may hit 1,200

Responding to comments from Public Health minister Joe Fitzpatrick in which he suggested Scottish drugs deaths in 2018 may be as high as 1,200, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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A third of stroke patients not getting appropriate care

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the Scottish Government for repeatedly failing to meet its own stroke targets by a giant margin.

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We need a First Responders strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has expressed delight that the Scottish Government has responded to his calls for action on trauma recovery for emergency services’ staff. This comes after the Health Secretary confirmed the government will finally start to take action to improve mental health care for emergency responders.

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Health Sec should be embarrassed by delayed discharge rates

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to ease pressure on hospitals by boosting resources for the care sector, as the latest statistics reveal over a thousand patients stuck in hospital unnecessarily.

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Patients paying the price for poor planning as 500 operations cancelled in May

Responding to the news that 500 operations were cancelled in May for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Edinburgh Pride

Delighted to speak at Edinburgh Pride this Summer and wonderful to have the family along with me! 

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Government must ensure families benefit from new child payment

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement of details of the Scottish Child Payment, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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