New analysis shows 210,000 operations lost to Covid

New Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis has shown that 210,000 scheduled operations have now been lost to the pandemic and the party has warned that it will need "every ounce" of the government's energy to power through the backlog and end painful waits for patients.

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30% post-Christmas increase in children waiting over a year for mental health treatment

Responding to new mental health waiting times statistics for the start of 2021 showing a record 2,452 children and 5,799 adults waiting more than year for treatment, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Delayed discharges putting pressure on the NHS

Responding to new statistics showing there were 690 people in hospital experiencing delayed discharge at the end of April because of "health and social care reasons", Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton: Increase GP numbers to tackle service "at breaking point"

Alex has called on the Scottish Government to increase the number of GPs in Scotland and embed more nurses, dieticians and physiotherapists with GPs so that people can get a wider range of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care within their community.

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Cole-Hamilton Launches Schools Exam Survey

Local MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has had a large number of emails and calls from both school students and their parents about the SQA assessments that have replaced this year’s exam diet in recent weeks. When the government cancelled the exam diet for this year ahead of the winter lockdown, they gave the impression that qualifications would be awarded on the basis of course work and teacher estimated grades. These assessments, which seem to be exams in all but name, were not mentioned at all.

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ALEX THANKS CONSTITUENTS FOR LANDSLIDE WIN

Alex Cole-Hamilton has thanked local residents after being returned to the Scottish Parliament with a majority of nearly 10,000 votes. Despite national projections suggesting that Edinburgh Western was on a knife edge, Alex and the Liberal Democrats managed to confound expectations and deliver the best result in the party’s history securing 25,578 votes ahead of the SNP who were in second place on 15,693. After his win Alex said:

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Lib Dems Celebrate Eye Pavilion Victory

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has welcomed an announcement from the First Minister that the Scottish Government will save Edinburgh’s historic Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.

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Children at risk due to mental health postcode lottery

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned new research showing a "postcode lottery" of spending on mental health services is a "scandal" and called for a transformative investment in mental health.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatry, new figures show that the level of spending per head of population for those aged 0-17 changes drastically based on their location.

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Alex calls for action on Drumbrae litter

City of Edinburgh Council has been called on to stop the spread of litter and debris from a communal bin hub at Drumbrae Leisure centre.

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Edinburgh should get a new eye pavilion after Lib Dems strike deal over Scottish budget

The Liberal Democrats have secured a shift in the position of the Scottish Government on the new Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh with clear commitment that specialised eye services in Lothian will be protected after threats were made services would move to Livingstone. 

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