New SNP Depute will put independence over public services

Responding to Keith Brown becoming the new SNP depute leader, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Appalling betrayal of HIV Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today demanded that the First Minister reinstate funding for HIV Scotland.

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Support for councils needed to deliver Frank's law

Commenting as the Scottish parliament health and sport committee approved plans for free personal care for under 65s from April 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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A&E waiting times “back on the downward slope”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has expressed concern at new statistics which reveal A&E waiting times are “back on the downward slope”, as performance against the 4-hour waiting time target has fallen once again to 92.3%.

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Child mental health waits still worst ever

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned ministers that their failure to improve mental health services is having a "devastating impact" on young people and their families after new statistics showed waits for treatment are still the worst ever.

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Cole-Hamilton: GP places are too little too late

Commenting on the Scottish Government's announcement of 85 additional university medical places designed to train more GPs, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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SNP should end pathetic planning power grab

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called for the SNP to end their "planning power grab" as the party votes against the Planning Bill in the Scottish Parliament, raising concerns about its centralising nature.

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First Minister's treatment guarantee breached by biggest ever margin

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the First Minister's NHS Treatment Time Guarantee is not worth the paper it is written on after new statistics showed it being breached for one in four patients - the biggest ever margin.

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Safe staffing law must be paired with action

Responding to the publication of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Witnesses plead with health committee to up child mental health spend

Speaking at this morning’s meeting of the Scottish Parliament's Health & Sport Committee, senior medical professionals warned that "there is something not right" with existing efforts to tackle children and young people's mental health. They were backed by Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton who called for more investment in services and a step change in mental health treatment.

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