Action needed to reduce alcohol hospitalisations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that action to tackle Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol is not cutting it as new statistics show almost 35,000 people were admitted to hospital as a result of alcohol last year.

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Dental health must reach every area

I called on the Scottish Government to set out how it will improve the dental health of children from more deprived backgrounds, after it was revealed a 2010 target is still being missed. 

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First Minister must commit to pardons

I have written to the First Minister to ask whether she will commit to quashing historic convictions for gay and bisexual men in Scotland convicted of now abolished sexual offences.

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Call for urgent action on pardons for gay men

I called on the Scottish Government to explore all options to ensure that men convicted under long-abolished laws that criminalised homosexuality are pardoned.

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Better workforce planning needed as nurses warn of perfect storm

The Royal College of Nursing has warned that nurses are facing a perfect storm on staffing levels.

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SNP must manage health service more effectively

It emerged that the Scottish Government do not know how much money is spent by Scottish NHS boards on outsourcing.

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Pressure on A&E increasing

I've called on SNP Ministers to give doctors and nurses on the frontline the support they need as new weekly A&E statistics revealed the worst performance against waiting time targets since March.

 

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Health and Social Care Alliance

It was great to meet the guys from the Health and Social Care Alliance and hear about the great work they do championing the third sector. You can find out more about what they do here.

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December Update

I write this with a sense of elation following the massive turn around for my party in the Richmond Park by-election, in which we made a positive case against a hard, blank cheque Brexit and our continuing membership of the European single market. It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks:

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Alex Cole-Hamilton pledges to become Arthritis Champion for Edinburgh Western

Alex Cole Hamilton has agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, and is asking his local communities to get involved in the fight to beat arthritis.


The MSP is backing Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to prevent and cure arthritis, and transform the lives of people that live with the pain of arthritis, and has signed up to their ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ agenda.

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