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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A&E slump continues

Commenting on today’s A&E performance figures which show that more than 100 patients had to wait for over twelve hours during the week ending 3 February, double the figures for the week before, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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A&E targets missed for 18 months

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded ministers “ease the strain” on our “weary” health service as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 88.2%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 18 consecutive months.

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Capacity constraints cancel 600 operations in December

Responding to the news that 600 operations were cancelled in December for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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