SNP's police centralisation has human cost

Responding to events at the SNP conference which saw Justice Secretary Michael Matheson confronted by an SNP member whose daughter resigned from Police Scotland over the "relentless" pressure of the job, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Lib Dems and Samaritans mark World Mental Health Day

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has used World Mental Health Day to call on the Scottish Government to urgently replace the Suicide Prevention Strategy which expired more than nine months ago.

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Only policy reform can tackle soaring drug deaths

Responding to the SNP conference passing a resolution on drug reform, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Sturgeon should rule out indyref2

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's comments ahead of the SNP conference kicking off, Scottish Liberal Democrat general election campaign chair and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Theresa May’s housing plans are a complete con

Edinburgh West MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today attacked Theresa May’s housing announcement as a complete con after it emerged that the headline promise of £2 billion would amount to just 25,000 houses across the UK spread over five years.

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Scotland must push back against the paunch

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on the Scottish and UK governments to take decisive action to push back against the paunch, after new research shows that just one-in-five adults meet the 5-a-day recommendation. 

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Set out delayed discharge plans

Scottish Liberal Democrats today called on SNP ministers to set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges after new statistics showed the problem worsening for the third month in a row.

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Short staffed NHS hit by 10% rise in complaints

Responding to the news that the number of NHS complaints increased by 10% in 2016/17, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton presses Scottish Government for falls strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has pressed the Scottish Government to respond to his call for a national falls strategy after a new survey published today revealed that nearly a quarter of over-65s don't do any strength exercises.

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Nursing profession diagnose short staffing issues

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action after a new survey from the Royal College of Nursing found short staffing was having a direct impact on the quality of care received by patients.

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