Thousands in fuel poverty failed by Scottish Government

Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the Scottish Government’s warm words on tackling fuel poverty must be backed up by additional investment and a new strategy, after ministers finally admitted that they are going to miss the target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Drug and alcohol service cuts need to be reversed

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the government to reverse its 20% cut to drug and alcohol services after new figures showed nearly nine in ten of those trying to quit or decrease use of illicit drugs did so without support.

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Housing policy fails children in temporary accommodation

Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the Scottish Government’s housing policies have failed the thousands of children living in temporary accommodation after new figures showed a further 13% increase. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Action needed to reverse the trend on cancer waiting times

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said action is needed to reverse the trend of missed cancer waiting times after figures released today showed they have been missed again.

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Cole-Hamilton: Delayed discharge figures show scale of challenge

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the fact that 1 in 12 occupied NHS bed days are due to delayed discharge shows the scale of the challenge facing the new integrated health and social care bodies.

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Cole-Hamilton: action needed to cut physiotherapy waiting times

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for action to cut waiting times for physiotherapy and other musculoskeletal services provided by allied health professionals.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton backs BMA health funding calls

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton today said reducing pressure on the NHS services starts with boosting investment into Scotland’s health services.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: Devil will be in the detail of NHS staffing plans

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that the devil will be in the detail as the First Minister announced proposals to put minimum staffing levels in the NHS on a statutory basis.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: RCN survey confirms overburdened health service

In reaction to the results from the survey issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said investment is needed in an overburdened health service.

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Alex Cole Hamilton – drug addiction must be treated as a health issue

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that treating drug addiction as a health issue is vital to helping users stabilise their lives.

Mr Cole-Hamilton was speaking after the publication of a report from The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health which called for the possession and personal use of drugs to be decriminalised.

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