Capacity constraints cause 530 cancelled ops in June

Responding to the news that 532 operations were cancelled in June for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Delayed discharges worsen again

Responding to the news that delayed discharges caused by health and social care problems are at their highest level since last October, with 1,141 people delayed at the June census, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Alex Hosts Pop-Up First Aid Events

Following the interest generated around his family when local Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton had to resuscitate his 4 year old daughter when she swallowed a coin, Alex organised 3 pop-up first aid training events in West Edinburgh to offer people the opportunity to get basic life saving skills. In total, over 40 local people were trained by local volunteers in first strike emergency care.

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Alex Secures ‘Falls Strategy’ Victory

Local Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has received widespread praise for forcing the Scottish Government to bring forward a national ‘Falls and Fractures’ Strategy to reduce falls among older people and other vulnerable groups. On three occasions he secured a Parliamentary majority to defeat the government on this issue. 

 

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Years of real terms cuts to drug and alcohol support

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today warned SNP claims to be tackling soaring drug deaths fly in the face of years of real terms cuts to drug and alcohol partnerships as a freedom of information request published by the government revealed £47 million in real terms cuts between 2014/15 and 2018/19.

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Lib Dems expose two years of missed A&E targets

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has blasted the Scottish Government for failing to meet its A&E performance target for two years as he revealed that since the target was last met, more than a quarter of a million people have waited too long for treatment.

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Cole-Hamilton brands further delays to Sick Kids a “shambles”

Responding to the announcement today that the opening of Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People could face prolonged delays, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems submit 10 point drug and alcohol plan to ministers

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today submitted his party’s ten point plan for tackling drug and alcohol misuse to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman and Public Health minister Joe Fitzpatrick, as he warned that another decade of failure will not be tolerated in the wake of figures revealing Scotland now has the worst drug death rate in the developed world.

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Scotland now has the worst drugs death crisis in the developed world

Responding to new figures showing that there were 1,187 drugs deaths in Scotland in 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Minister suggests drugs deaths may hit 1,200

Responding to comments from Public Health minister Joe Fitzpatrick in which he suggested Scottish drugs deaths in 2018 may be as high as 1,200, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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