Depression figures show need for mental health boost

I've called for a transformational investment in mental health services after new figures revealed 20% of adults reported one or more symptoms of depression – a 43% increase since 2008/09.

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Strain on waistbands will strain NHS

I've warned that Scotland is losing the battle of the bulge as new figures revealed waist sizes in Scotland are increasing and two thirds of adults are overweight.

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Action needed to cut physiotherapy waiting times

I've called for action to cut waiting times for physiotherapy and other musculoskeletal services provided by allied health professionals.

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GP funding boost needed

I've called for urgent action to boost primary care as new figures from the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) suggested that Scotland is losing a GP every eight days.

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Lib Dems reveal two year wait time for mental health treatment

I've called for support for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to be doubled as the party revealed children in Edinburgh treated for mental ill health in 2015/16 waited more than two years to be seen.

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October Update

This past week parties across the Chamber united to defeat the SNP. Alongside my Liberal Democrat colleagues I supported Labour’s motion which urged the government to call in proposals to close or downgrade NHS services. I used my speech to pay tribute to the work of campaigners and to call on the Health Secretary to enlist us as champions for the redesign of services. You can watch my speech in full here. Amongst all the excitement it's important to remember that had we not won Edinburgh Western, the SNP would now have a majority and what happened - put simply - would not have been possible.

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Edinburgh Airport Flight Path Consultation

Edinburgh Airport’s airspace change programme consultation

A response prepared by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP for Edinburgh Western

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Alcohol Focus Scotland

Recently I met with Alison Douglas from Alcohol Focus Scotland to discuss their work and their campaign to ensure children have alcohol free childhoods. Fantastic to hear about all the great work they're doing. 


Mental health boost needed to help GPs

I've urged the Scottish Government to back calls for specialist mental health practitioners to be introduced into GP surgeries to cut the pressure facing the primary care sector.

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People still in dark over Queensferry Crossing

People in Edinburgh are still in the dark over when the new Queensferry Crossing will open.

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