Nursing survey reveals a profession at risk of disintegration

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged the Health Secretary to get to grips with the conditions facing NHS nurses, after a new survey from the Royal College of Nursing revealed that more than 60% are considering leaving their current post. 

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Future of Care Services

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has said that improving pay and conditions will be crucial to the future of social care and warned that the SNP’s forthcoming centralisation of services will make the situation worse. 

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Cole-Hamilton calls for abolishment of Covid IDs

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today pressed the First Minister on her choice to keep the Government’s illiberal Covid ID scheme.

The SNP-Green Government failed to provide evidence on the efficacy of Covid IDs at the same time as data showed lateral flow tests helping keep the infection rate low at COP26.

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New analysis reveals ambulance service in its own blue light crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for an inquiry into avoidable emergency care deaths after new analysis of these life and death services was published for the first time. 

The Scottish Ambulance Service have announced that they are to provide weekly updates on unscheduled care incidents. 

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COP26 must offer Scotland New Hope

Speaking on the eve of the COP26 conference kicking off in Glasgow, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said the event must offer the world new hope for the climate emergency and finally cause the Scottish Government to act on a scale that will bring an end to its years of missed targets and opportunities.

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Alex leads the charge on Long Covid

Over 80,000 Scots are now thought to be suffering from Long Covid, with many unable to work or even leave home due to the debilitating effects of the condition.

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Alex unveils new plan to tackle flooding

Local MSP and Scottish Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has called for a new Climate Emergency Communities Fund to prepare and protect communities already being affected by extreme weather, including flooding.

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NHS on emergency footing until March 2022

Responding to the announcement from the Health Secretary that the NHS will remain on an emergency footing until 31 March 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton presses FM to abandon Covid ID cards

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today pressed the First Minister to abandon her plan for Covid ID cards.

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Number of hospital beds drops 7% on Nicola Sturgeon's watch

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today accused Nicola Sturgeon of making "wildly unrealistic" claims about NHS capacity as new figures revealed that since she became First Minister the number of available hospital beds has fallen by 7%.

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Extreme waiting times are the SNP’s new normal

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and Health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for an independent inquiry into unnecessary deaths caused by the waiting times crisis, as new data published today shows that more than a quarter of patients attending A&E continue to wait longer than the SNP’s four-hour target.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for new actions to fix fast fashion

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for new actions to “fix fast fashion” in Scotland, as part of the move towards a circular economy.

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More cash for treatment must accompany efforts to destigmatise mental health

Responding to the Scottish Government announcing £1m per year to eliminate the stigma around mental health, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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The Scottish Government must support tourism

On World Tourism Day (Monday 27th September), Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has expressed his concerns over the continuous disruption faced by the tourism sector over the past 18 months, and warned that Scotland's reputation as a holiday destination would suffer unless the Scottish Government steps up.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for Scottish Human Rights Commission inquiry into Covid ID cards

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today written to the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to ask them to begin a statutory inquiry into whether the Scottish Government are in breach of equality laws over the implementation of its Covid ID card scheme, scheduled to come into force on 1st October.

 

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