Cole-Hamilton calls for new cancer target action plans

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today written to the Health Secretary to call for the publication of new action plans for each health board, making it clear to patients how and when the cancer treatment target will be met. 

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Nursing stats show callous Tories making staff feel unwelcome

The number of nurses and midwives coming to work in Britain from Europe has plunged by 89% since Brexit, figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) have revealed.

The figures also show a 67% rise in the number of EU nurses leaving the NMC's register: from 2,435 in 2015-16 to 4,067 in the last year.

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Cole-Hamilton: Health service requires urgent action

Speaking after the Government narrowly avoided defeat in a debate on its management of the health service, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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New mothers need more help to breastfeed

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to provide better support for mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies; following new data which shows infants here are less likely to be breastfed compared to babies in other countries.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals malicious ambulance calls up 84%

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned malicious calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service are putting lives at risk as new figures show the number has almost doubled over the last five years.

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Scots Tories "hurting not helping" GPs

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that until Scottish Conservatives stand up to their Westminster colleagues and secure an "NHS passport" for EU health service workers, they are "hurting not helping" efforts to boost general practice.

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NHS facing "herculean" task

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned SNP ministers that they need to urgently get to grips with the "herculean" challenges facing the NHS after Audit Scotland warned "crucial building blocks" of reform still need to be put in place.

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Scot Tories must push back against GP Brexit threat

As Ruth Davidson visits the University of Edinburgh medical school, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Scottish Conservative leader to instruct her MPs to oppose any Brexit deal which doesn't include an NHS passport for EU citizens.

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Target for quitting up in smoke

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that efforts to deliver a smoke-free Scotland risk falling short after new figures showed the number of attempts to quit smoking hit a five year low and a quitting target missed in the most deprived areas.

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Conservative GP campaign ignores Brexit threat

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today responded to comments from the Scottish Conservatives on the state of Scotland’s GP surgeries by warning that SNP mismanagement of the health service will be compounded by a Tory hard Brexit.

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