Cole-Hamilton: “Explosive” BMA report must trigger SNP soul-searching

Responding to new figures from the BMA showing 72 per cent of the doctors surveyed believe targets are prioritised over quality of care, while 68 per cent feel the same about finances, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: New strategy must treat drug misuse as a health issue

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that drug misuse must be treated as a health issue rather than “criminalising and penalising” ahead of the publication of the Scottish Government’s new drugs strategy tomorrow.

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Cole-Hamilton: Downturn in HPV vaccine rates concerning

Responding to new figures showing a decrease in uptake of the HPV vaccine for girls in S1, S2 and S3, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Scottish Tories furiously backpedalling on drugs policy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Conservatives’ “head-spinning” approach to drug policy is the sign of a party furiously backpedalling after the “comprehensive failure” of the existing plan agreed by the Conservatives and SNP in 2008.

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Cole-Hamilton: Act early to tackle overweight children

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that more needs to be done to tackle unhealthy lifestyles early in life as a new report showed that a third of children in Scotland are overweight by age 10, but almost 90% of parents perceive them to be normal weight.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals almost 600 babies born dependent on substances since 2015

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded the Scottish Government embrace “progressive” new drug policies after new figures revealed almost 600 babies have been born dependent on substances since 2015.

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Health Secretary needs to “get a grip” of ailing A&E performance

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Health Minister to “get a grip” of ailing A&E performance as winter approaches, after official figures show performance has dropped below 90% once again.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton will tomorrow call for the Age ofCriminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill to raise the age to 14, arguing that 12 would still leave Scotland lagging behind international best practice.

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Alex launches his 2018 Christmas Card Competition

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has launched his 2018 Christmas Card Competition. Open to all school children aged 6-12 from the Edinburgh Western Constituency, pupils have until 5pm on Monday 3rd December to submit their entries via their school along the theme of “A Scottish Christmas Story”.

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You bet we can beat Prostate Cancer

Alex backs betting shop campaign to tackle killer disease

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