Five years since cancer target was last met

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded the SNP Government’s record on tackling long cancer waiting times as “simply unacceptable” after new figures show that it has been five years since it last met the 62-day waiting time target. 

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Drug hospitalisations show need for real reform

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on the Scottish Government to overhaul its approach to drug misuse after new figures revealed a steep rise in the number of drug-related hospital stays.

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Government must tackle LGBT discrimination in schools

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today highlighted research suggesting that almost half of LGBT pupils in Scotland's schools are bullied and called on the Scottish Government to press ahead with measures to ensure that staff have the training and resources to tackle the issues faced by Scotland's LGBT pupils.

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Time to end the GP crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today raised concerns over reports that GP receptionists are screening patients in a bid to reduce the number of appointments.

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Physio target missed again

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said long waits for physio will be affecting people’s quality of life after it was revealed a waiting time target was once again missed by a huge margin.

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Scotland is facing a housing crisis

Speaking after this evening's Scottish Parliament debate on housing, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

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SNP cannot ignore criticisms from professional bodies

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the SNP must not ignore criticisms from doctors after the British Medical Association attacked ministers over their failure to restore drug and alcohol services funding in the 2017/18 budget.

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SNP chronically failing on pain waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that new figures show the SNP Government’s chronic waiting time failures, with nearly 30% of those needing pain treatment waiting longer than the 18-week treatment target.

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Decrease in operations shows NHS pressure

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said the SNP must be honest over the pressures facing the NHS after new analysis showed hospitals have carried out 14,000 fewer operations in 2017 than the year before.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals colleges lack mental health counsellors

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the SNP Government for their passive approach to mental health provision after new figures revealed that colleges across Scotland employ no counsellors.

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