SNP must listen on fuel poverty 

I've called on the SNP to listen to Parliament and refocus its efforts to tackle fuel poverty. 

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SNP must bow to growing pressure to end physical punishment 

I quizzed the SNP Government on whether it would allow its MSPs a free vote on ending the defence of “justifiable assault” and give children equal protection from violence.

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Ministers must explain sharp rise in delayed discharges

I've called for an urgent explanation from the Scottish Government after new figures showed the number of patients still in hospital after they were clinically ready to be discharged at its highest rate since autumn 2015. 

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Government dragging feet over Parkinsons treatment

The SNP Government of dragging its feet over the establishment of a new specialist centre for Parkinson’s after it was announced its opening is six months behind schedule.

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Ministers can’t simply cross fingers for A&E

I've called on the Scottish Government to provide front line doctors and nurses with the support they need as the latest monthly A&E statistics show hundreds of patients waiting for more than eight hours. 

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Health Secretary must answer for crushing NHS report

I've written to the convener of the Health and Sport committee, Neil Findlay MSP, to request that the Cabinet Secretary for Health appear before committee members as soon as possible to respond to a crushing new report from Audit Scotland.

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Foundations of the NHS aren’t safe in the SNP’s hands

The foundations of the NHS aren’t safe in the SNP’s hands after a damning new independent report revealed the impact of years of short-sighted decision making by Scottish ministers.

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Scottish Government right to give men a full pardon

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson MSP has said that the Scottish Government will introduce full pardons for men convicted for same-sex sexual activity under historic discriminatory laws.

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Odds of beating cancer must improve

I've called on the Scottish Government to ensure that resources are focused on reducing cancer in deprived areas after new statistics showed mortality rates are 64% higher than  in the least deprived areas. 

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Cole-Hamilton backs call for Mental Health First Aid

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today has backed a campaign calling for mental health first aid to be placed on a par with general first aid practice in the workplace.

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