New figures show longest physio waits since target introduced

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients in pain are facing “setback after setback” as new figures showed that just 45.6% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target, the lowest level since the current system of recording started in 2015.

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Cole-Hamilton: Ease up the burden on A&E staff this Christmas

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Health Secretary to give health professionals “a break this Christmas” and ease their workload, after another poor week of A&E performance figures were published this morning.

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Health board escalations an “SOS from the NHS”

Responding to the news that five Scottish health boards have been escalated to stage three or above in the NHS Board Performance Escalation Framework, meaning risks require tailored support and a recovery plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Salmond should leave RT after Ofcom verdict

Responding to a ruling from Ofcom that RT broke broadcasting codes seven times in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning incident, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Assurances needed on NHS beds

Responding to the news that there has been a reduction of 374 available staffed beds in the NHS in the last year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the CAMHS budget to be boosted and for new mental health beds to be provided north of Dundee as a new report showed a rise in number of young people with mental illness being treated in non-specialist wards.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for action to end the GP crisis

Responding to the publication of a GP headcount, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Deprived P1s twice as likely to be obese

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Scottish Government to help “foster healthy habits” among young people, after new statistics published today show that children from the poorest backgrounds are twice as likely as their better off peers to be “at risk of obesity”.

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Scottish Government planning failures leave A&E “in the lurch”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today reprimanded the Scottish Government for poor planning and leaving NHS staff “in the lurch” as new statistics reveal A&E performance has dropped back well below the 90% target.

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Cole-Hamilton wants contempt mechanism for Scottish Parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged a motion calling for the Scottish Parliament to be empowered to hold the Scottish Government in contempt, following the historic vote in Westminster this week and in light of the Education Secretary continuing with the policy of P1 national testing in breach of an instruction from the Scottish Parliament to halt it.

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