Physio target bending and breaking

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 the NHS waiting time target was missed for almost half of patients.

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Worst A&E waiting times since 2015

Commenting on the new A&E waiting times statistics published today, which are the worst since March 2015, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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SNP MSP should withdraw BBC fake news jibe

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today submitted a parliamentary motion calling on an SNP MSP to withdraw their public declaration that the BBC represents fake news. 

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Long-term NHS vacancies due to SNP workforce mismanagement

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that the squeeze on NHS staff and workforce mismanagement is hurting patient care after new figures revealed the scale of NHS vacancies. 

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760 patients waited over a year for psychological therapies

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the SNP’s failure to take mental health seriously is behind new statistics showing more "intolerable" waits for psychological treatments.

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Calls for plans to reduce bed blocking

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on SNP ministers to set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges after new statistics showed the highest number of health and social care delays since February and revealed the huge cost to the NHS of the problem.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals 50,000 students used counselling services

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today revealed that nearly 50,000 students have used university counselling services in the last 5 years and called on the Scottish Government and universities to work together to ensure student mental health is made a priority.

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Cole-Hamilton: Ministers knew Queensferry Crossing wasn’t finished

Responding to the news that ‘workmanship issues’ were known about in August, before the Queensferry Crossing opened, Scottish Liberal Democrat Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Happy clappy Tories hurting GPs

Speaking ahead of a Scottish Conservative debate on GP services tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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Cole-Hamilton: SNP drug and alcohol policy is an "utter shambles"

Responding to a statement from the Scottish Government on developing a new drug and alcohol programme, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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