Child Poverty Bill is a starting point not a destination

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that the passage of the Child Poverty Bill is a starting point not a destination as he pressed the government to take ambitious action to ensure that the scourge of child poverty is addressed.

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Time to address antisocial use of fireworks

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton is calling on the Scottish Government to investigate and address the antisocial use of unlicensed fireworks. 

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Cole Hamilton: 500 cancelled operations show boards need support

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that NHS boards must get the support they need to keep operations on track after new figures revealed more than 500 patients had their operations cancelled in September for capacity or non-clinical reasons. 

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Cole-Hamilton demands plans to reduce bed blocking

Scottish Liberal Democrats health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today demanded that SNP ministers set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges after new statistics showed the problem worsening for the fourth month in a row. 

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Cole-Hamilton: GP recruitment scheme is flatlining

In response to the news that an SNP plan to recruit new GPs has attracted just 18 new doctors in the two years since it was launched, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for new cancer target action plans

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today written to the Health Secretary to call for the publication of new action plans for each health board, making it clear to patients how and when the cancer treatment target will be met. 

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Nursing stats show callous Tories making staff feel unwelcome

The number of nurses and midwives coming to work in Britain from Europe has plunged by 89% since Brexit, figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) have revealed.

The figures also show a 67% rise in the number of EU nurses leaving the NMC's register: from 2,435 in 2015-16 to 4,067 in the last year.

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Cole-Hamilton: Health service requires urgent action

Speaking after the Government narrowly avoided defeat in a debate on its management of the health service, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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New mothers need more help to breastfeed

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to provide better support for mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies; following new data which shows infants here are less likely to be breastfed compared to babies in other countries.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals malicious ambulance calls up 84%

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned malicious calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service are putting lives at risk as new figures show the number has almost doubled over the last five years.

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