A third of stroke patients not getting appropriate care

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the Scottish Government for repeatedly failing to meet its own stroke targets by a giant margin.

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We need a First Responders strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has expressed delight that the Scottish Government has responded to his calls for action on trauma recovery for emergency services’ staff. This comes after the Health Secretary confirmed the government will finally start to take action to improve mental health care for emergency responders.

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Health Sec should be embarrassed by delayed discharge rates

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to ease pressure on hospitals by boosting resources for the care sector, as the latest statistics reveal over a thousand patients stuck in hospital unnecessarily.

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Patients paying the price for poor planning as 500 operations cancelled in May

Responding to the news that 500 operations were cancelled in May for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Government must ensure families benefit from new child payment

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement of details of the Scottish Child Payment, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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“Startling and heartbreaking” rise in suicides among both young people and adults

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today branded new statistics showing a dramatic rise in the number of suicides in Scotland in 2018 “startling and heart-breaking” as he demanded new investment in mental health.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for support for “struggling” alcohol and drug treatment services

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to take urgent steps to support struggling substance misuse services, after new figures showed NHS Lothian breaching the waiting time target for alcohol and drug treatment.

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Cancer wait time performance “scandalous”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment a “scandal”, as new statistics show quarterly performance against the 62 day target is at its worst since the standard was introduced in 2012.

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Charity referrals for school uniform double

Volunteers at Edinburgh School Uniform Bank are receiving requests for back-to-school packs at an alarming rate, with twice the number of referrals coming in compared to the same period last year.

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Over 1,100 people facing 12 week hospital dental treatment waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today revealed new figures showing almost ten times as many patients are now waiting over 12 weeks for hospital dental treatment as there were four years ago. 

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