No meaningful shift for independence

There has been no meaningful shift in support for independence.

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Government must encourage bowel cancer screening

I've urged the Scottish Government to do more to encourage over 50s to be screened for bowel cancer, after new figures revealed a fall in the uptake rate. 

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Kids in football need better protection

Research into the Scottish Football Association suggested that almost 1,300 coaches were working with children without full background checks. 

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20 operations a day cancelled in December

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to get to grips with supporting health boards as new figures revealed that more than 20 operations a day were cancelled in December due to capacity or non-clinical reasons. 

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10,000 people waited longer than four hours to be seen during December

New statistics confirm December witnessed the worst performance against the A&E target since January 2016.

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Ministers must relieve strain on maternity services

I've warned that maternity services are facing real pressure after a report by the Royal College of Midwives emphasised that the strain on the service is increasing. 

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SNP neglecting mental health care

The Scottish Government are neglecting mental health care. Recent figures revealed that NHS spending on mental health services as a percentage of total spend has fallen year on year for the past six years.

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Flagship hospital only met A&E target twice

The Scottish Government has once again missed its weekly A&E target.

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UK Government must dinghy Trump visit

The UK Government must stand up for British values and withdraw its invitation to Donald Trump on state visit.

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Defibrillators in schools can save lives

I described new research into cardiac arrest prevention as “shocking” after it was revealed that only five local authorities currently have defibrillators situated in all of their secondary schools. 

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