Cole-Hamilton urges ministers to accelerate suicide prevention plan

Responding to figures showing that 805 probable suicides were registered in Scotland in 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Worst A&E statistics show NHS is “on its knees”

New statistics published today show that more people than ever are waiting more than four hours to be seen and processed in Scotland’s A&E departments.

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Ministers must act to stop gap between suicide prevention plans

Speaking ahead of the publication of annual statistics on probable suicides next week, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to revise its plan to leave Scotland without a suicide prevention action plan for almost a year. 

 

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Health Secretary should apologise to NHS staff, as 100 days are up

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that the Health Secretary should apologise to health staff after the SNP failed to publish an NHS Recovery Plan within 100 days of the new parliamentary term. 

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Cole-Hamilton helps launch Calisthenics outdoor gym

Local MSP for Edinburgh Western, Alex Cole-Hamilton has visited a calisthenics gym as it launches in Edinburgh Park. The Charity “Edinburgh Park Leisure” have launched the pilot project to encourage people from all communities to find the benefits of bodyweight fitness, improve their physical and mental health with no charge or membership required.

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New report reveals NHS scarred by the pandemic

A new report published today by Public Health Scotland has offered new insights into the experience of critical care units during the pandemic, showing the significant strain staff had to deal with.

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Lib Dems warn against letting ministers take over care services

As a new consultation opens on the future of care services, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned against centralising services and putting them in the hands of the same Scottish Government ministers who oversaw the discharge of untested and covid-positive people into care homes during the pandemic.

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NHS recovery plan must hold answers on staffing, operations and A&E

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today proposed new measures for inclusion in the forthcoming NHS Recovery Plan and challenged Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to recognise within the plans that the NHS didn't have the resources to meet waiting times for years before the pandemic struck.

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Long Covid sufferers would be better off moving to England

Scottish Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today used a visit to Future Gym in South Queensferry to set out proposals for helping people with long Covid, as he warned that Scots with the condition would be better off moving to England given how woeful provision for the condition is in Scotland.

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End imprisonment for drug possession

Responding to the statement from the Minister for Drug Policy, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Hospitals “stuck between a rock and a hard place” without full NHS recovery plan

New statistics published today show hospitals are having to cancel the most operations since the pandemic began

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SNP's “legacy” of delayed discharges continues

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the SNP to address their “legacy” of delayed discharges, as new figures show the number of patients getting stuck in hospital is creeping back up once again.

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Cole-Hamilton pens open letter to Scottish Government over drugs deaths

Speaking as it was confirmed that the Scottish Parliament have an opportunity to question the Scottish Government over drugs deaths tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has written an open letter setting out a series of radical proposals to tackle the ongoing epidemic of drugs deaths.

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Lib Dems table Urgent Question on “cryptic” Queen’s Consent

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have lodged an Urgent Question to the Scottish Government, asking for a response to concerns raised about the operation of Queens Consent in Scotland.

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Drug-related deaths a "scar on the conscience"

Responding to official statistics showing 1,339 people died of drug-related deaths in 2020, an increase of 5% from 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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