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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First Minister’s treatment guarantee missed for 30,000 patients

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said Nicola Sturgeon's NHS Treatment Time Guarantee let-down is indicative of the SNP Government’s failings, after new statistics show it being missed by an even wider margin.

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Anger and disappointment at East Craigs GP crisis

Speaking in response to the decision of East Craigs GP practice in Edinburgh to hand back its contract, the local MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Queensferry Crossing is still not finished

Responding to the news that the Queensferry Crossing is to close to southbound traffic for five days, Scottish Liberal Democrat Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

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Rising alcohol hospitalisations show need to win battle with the bottle

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today stressed the importance of swiftly introducing minimum unit pricing as part of a new push to win Scotland's battle with the bottle as new figures showed alcohol-related hospital stays rose for the third year in a row.

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Cole-Hamilton: 1800 people waiting too long in A&E

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said long waits in A&E are unacceptable as new figures revealed that the 4 hour waiting time target was missed for almost 1800 patients. 

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