A&E pressure week in week out

In response to new A&E waiting time statistics for the first week of 2018, showing a 25% increase in patients waiting over 8 hours and a 73% increase in those waiting over 12 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Queensferry crossing works to continue until September

Responding to new information released to a Scottish Parliament committee revealing the 23 outstanding works on the Queensferry Crossing Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Unprecedented measures needed at A&E

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E target was the worst on record during the final week of 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Action not words needed to address NHS winter woes

Responding to comments from the First Minister apologising to patients who have faced waits or delayed treatment as a result of the NHS winter crisis, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Time to consider "care experience" as a protected characteristic

Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has marked the start of the Scottish Year of Young People 2018 by calling for a review of whether protected characteristics, such as race and gender, should be extended to include those with experience of the care system, highlighting their life outcomes which are "demonstrably the worst of nearly any demographic in the country".

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NHS facing winter crisis

Responding to reports that health boards are postponing operations due to bed shortages and office-based workers at NHS Lanarkshire are having to be deployed to cleaning and administrative duties, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton uncovers mental health target breached by 1.2 million days

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today published new figures showing that the child mental health waiting time target has been breached by more than 1.2 million days, describing the performance as "appalling".

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£50 million bill for patients sent outside Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today revealed that the number of patients being sent to the rest of the UK for treatment has risen by almost 50% since 2013/14, calling on the SNP Government to provide assurances that this isn’t due to their mismanagement of the health service in Scotland. 

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30,000 minutes lost due to hoax calls

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today condemned hoax callers, calling them a “threat to people in urgent need” as he revealed the scale of hoax calls to the ambulance service.

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NHS staff illness bad for both workers and patients

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today revealed that more than 45 million hours have been lost by NHS boards to staff ill health during the past four years and said the immense pressure staff are under could account for rates rising.

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