More than 2,500 people wait over a year for mental health treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today demanded new measures to end the mental health waiting times crisis, after new analysis showed thousands of adults and children waiting over 12 months for treatment.

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NHS vacancies are compromising care

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government’s failure to produce a “complete, credible workforce plan” as new statistics show vacancies across the NHS are “off the chart”.

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Cole-Hamilton on “crisis call” over paediatrician numbers

Responding to the findings of a new study by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health that says the profession “is on the brink of a recruitment crisis”, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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265 patients have died while waiting on a kidney transplant

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed that in the last decade more than 250 patients have died whilst on the waiting list for a kidney transplant as he called on the Scottish Government to do more to support organisations like Give A Kidney which work to connect donors and recipients.

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White Ribbon Scotland campaign to tackle violence against women

A campaign to tackle violence against women is being launched in betting shops in the west of Edinburgh this week.

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FM’s treatment law broken 200 times a day

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the First Minister’s 12-week Treatment Time Guarantee is “utterly worthless”, after it was missed by the largest ever margin on record.

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Cole-Hamilton: Increase alcohol minimum unit price to 60p

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to increase the minimum unit price for alcohol to 60p after new statistics showed the damage caused by alcohol to people’s health.

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Pick up the pace on mental health staff

Responding to the news that 106 new mental health staff have been recruited, of the 800 the Scottish Government committed to hiring between 2017 and 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Hardworking A&E staff run off their feet as performance falls again

Commenting on today’s A&E figures which show that more than 100 patients had to wait for over twelve hours and performance against the 4 hour target of just 85.8%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Independence means “poorer public services”

Responding to Andrew Wilson’s column on independence in the National, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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