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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Scots Tories "hurting not helping" GPs

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that until Scottish Conservatives stand up to their Westminster colleagues and secure an "NHS passport" for EU health service workers, they are "hurting not helping" efforts to boost general practice.

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NHS facing "herculean" task

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned SNP ministers that they need to urgently get to grips with the "herculean" challenges facing the NHS after Audit Scotland warned "crucial building blocks" of reform still need to be put in place.

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Scot Tories must push back against GP Brexit threat

As Ruth Davidson visits the University of Edinburgh medical school, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Scottish Conservative leader to instruct her MPs to oppose any Brexit deal which doesn't include an NHS passport for EU citizens.

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Target for quitting up in smoke

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that efforts to deliver a smoke-free Scotland risk falling short after new figures showed the number of attempts to quit smoking hit a five year low and a quitting target missed in the most deprived areas.

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Conservative GP campaign ignores Brexit threat

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today responded to comments from the Scottish Conservatives on the state of Scotland’s GP surgeries by warning that SNP mismanagement of the health service will be compounded by a Tory hard Brexit.

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Children must have equal protection from assault

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has agreed to give children in Scotland equal protection from assault, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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End the mental health bed shortage

Responding to a new report from the Mental Welfare Commission that calls on the Scottish Government to review the number of mental health beds available for children and young people, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Better support needed for emergency services

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh West MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to better support emergency services after it was revealed that 2,000 people in the last year have been waiting for more than an hour for an ambulance to arrive.

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