Extend disclosure checks to politicians

Responding to the ministerial statement on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Chronic pain patients facing “excruciating” long waits for treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the government for putting chronic pain patients through “excruciating” long waits for treatment, after new statistics showed hundreds of patients waited more than six months to get help.

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Boost support for first responders and witnesses to trauma

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today led a member’s business debate to raise the issue of trauma recovery and support for first responders and call for the Scottish Government to bring forward a national first responder trauma recovery strategy which will ensure that anyone caught up in, or witness to, a traumatic event is given the support that they need.

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Give councils the power to protect women seeking healthcare

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to go further and “give councils the power to protect women” accessing treatment at abortion clinics, after receiving confirmation that ministers would be open to councils applying to them for bye-laws on buffer zones.

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22,500 fall injuries amongst over 65s

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged the Scottish Government to finally bring forward a national falls strategy that delivers a new “design for life” for those at risk, after it was revealed there were 22,468 emergency admissions to hospital for a fall by those aged 65 and over in 2018.

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NHS vacancies jeapordising care and costing the public purse

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for failing to make progress on filling “persistent” vacant posts across the NHS, causing agency spending to spiral.

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Number of patients stuck in hospital unnecessarily rises

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to act swiftly to ease pressure on our health services and boost resources for the care sector, as new statistics showed more people stuck in hospital unnecessarily.

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Highest ever drug-related hospital stays

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the SNP Government must act now to revise its national drugs strategy after drug-related hospitalisations hit an all-time high.  

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200k Treatment Time Guarantee breaches a “shameful milestone”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the Scottish Government had reached a “shameful milestone” after the number of times the First Minister’s Treatment Time law has been breached surpassed 200,000.

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Report reveals “catastrophic” mental health failures in NHS Tayside

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that mental health services at NHS Tayside have “catastrophically” failed patients and their families, after an independent inquiry at the health board revealed frequent use of restraint, patient concerns not being taken seriously until they tried to take their own lives and delayed decision-making.

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