69 MSPs with a constitutional obsession

Tuesday was a day full of frustrations. An afternoon of the same arguments being repeated again and again in identikit speeches about why Scotland should now chose to strike out on her own and avoid the teeth of Brexit. Particularly when I am among those who at no point have offered the First Minister consent to use our votes to remain in Europe as leverage to bring about a second referendum. With the capitulation of the Green party, yesterday’s debate was a foregone conclusion. As such, it didn’t feel like an efficient afternoon’s work for a MSP not least because this question was settled two years ago. However, my frustrations were not based on what we were debating but on what we weren’t. 

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Growing health inequalities demands step change

I've called for a step change in mental health after new statistics exposed the size of the health gap between the most deprived and least deprived areas.

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“Disgrace” that cancer targets missed time after time

The Scottish Government must explain how it will improve cancer waiting times and end the “disgrace” of their targets being missed time after time.

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Cole-Hamilton: Number of NHS Beds must meet demand

I've called on the Scottish Government to ensure there are enough NHS beds to meet demand after new statistics showed the number available has continued to fall.

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Junior Doctor safety should be paramount

The SNP have ditched a promise to reduce the working hours of junior doctors.

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Need to fix general practice following “systematic disinvestment”

Much more needs to be done to turn around general practice after a senior consultant at NHS Tayside warned of the impact of years of “systematic disinvestment”.

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Physio waits impacting on quality of life

Long waits for physio will be affecting people’s quality of life after it was revealed just half of patients were seen within the Scottish Government’s waiting time target.

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Greens have air brushed 1 million petition for referendum trigger

I've accused the Scottish Green party of airbrushing their commitment to gathering a million names on a petition before triggering a referendum. That commitment was endorsed in their manifesto last May.

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Independence obsession hurting health services

Long A&E waiting times are a symptom of a Government failing to do the day job after new statistics showed a fall in performance. 

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Delayed discharge complacency

I've warned ministers against complacency over delayed discharges after new statistics showed more people in hospital after they were declared ready to leave.

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