Champion for Bronchiectasis

It's a great honour and privilege to have been nominated to be the British Lung Foundation 'Champion for Bronchiectasis'. I will be working to do all I can to raise awareness of the illness, how it's diagnosed and treated. 

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A&E weekly performance hits worst rate since March 2018

Performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since March 2018, with only 85.4% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target. 

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Cole-Hamilton calls for large fines for defibrillator vandalism

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the implementation of an offence aggravator, in the form of additional fines, for people who damage automated external defibrillators (AEDS).

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Sick Kids has been an “extremely poorly managed project”

Minutes of the meeting of NHS Lothian’s board specifically overseeing the Sick Kids project revealed there were over 2,000 snagging issues identified at the hospital in May. 

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No-deal will be devastating

Alex has responded to the government's statement setting out preparations for a no-deal exit from the European Union.

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Breast screening uptake rate on prolonged “downward slide”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for allowing the breast screening uptake rate to take a “downward slide”, as new official figures confirmed uptake has been consistently falling on the SNP’s watch.

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A&E weekly performance hits worst rate since January

A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since January, with only 85.7% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target.

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“staggering” four and a half year wait for dental treatment

Health boards have reported “staggering” waits for dental treatment, including a patient reportedly waiting 243 weeks in Grampian, and called on the Health Secretary to take urgent action to get services back on track.

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Scarcity of community care traps 1,162 patients in hospital

At the August census there were 1,162 patients waiting in hospital because they needed a care home place, social care support to enable them to live in their own home or a needs assessment to be conducted.

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Sucess - First Responder Strategy

Following the news that Trade Union figures show morale of Ambulance staff at rock bottom, local Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton led a debate calling for a national strategy to help emergency workers and bystanders involved in helping at accidents recover from the trauma they have experience. 

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