SNP should “hang head in shame” at drug death record

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for a refresh of the national drugs strategy as drug-related deaths hit an all-time high.

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Unhealthy weights “seriously strain” NHS

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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“Seismic shift” in mental health policy required

Responding to the news that the number of students at Scottish universities seeking counselling has almost doubled in the last five years, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Mental health audit a real shocker

Speaking in response to the publication of a Scottish Government audit of service rejections by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services the health spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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£275k for ministerial pot but not threatened HIV charity

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today criticised the government for plans to cut HIV Scotland’s funding while increasing ministerial staffing costs by the same amount. He appealed to new Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to urgently reconsider the decision.

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Scot Gov must deliver comprehensive suicide prevention plan

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today attacked the "negligent" Scottish Government as new figures revealed that almost 700 people died by suicide in 2017, during the entirety of which there was no suicide prevention strategy in place.

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First item of business for new Health Sec - reinstate funding for HIV Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today led a cross party group of MSPs in writing to the First Minister and new Health Secretary to ask that they reinstate funding for HIV Scotland.

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Worst cancer waiting time statistics ever

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said that current cancer waits are an insult to patients and called for new leadership as figures released today revealed that performance against the 62-day waiting time target is at its worst ever level.

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Only 1% of doctors think NHS services have improved

Responding to a new survey by BMA Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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3% annual pay rise not enough to attract more NHS staff

Commenting on the 9% pay rise for NHS Scotland staff over the next 3 years, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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