Gender Recognition reform risks being punted into next Parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today expressed concern that plans for a second consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act will lead to no legislation being passed in the current parliament.

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Lib Dems to oppose the Planning Bil

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today announced that they will vote against the Planning Bill again at Stage 3, the final parliamentary hurdle, blaming “SNP timidity and Tory obstructionism” for the failure to radically overhaul planning in Scotland.

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Conservative party “hopelessly cavalier” about future of UK

Commenting on a new YouGov poll of Conservative party members which reports that 63% would accept Scotland leaving the UK as the price of Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat election campaign chair Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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New report highlights link between drug deaths and traumatic experiences

Commenting on a new report into drug deaths in Tayside last year which revealed that 62 out of 78 people (79.5%) who died as a result of using drugs were recorded as having experienced at least one adverse event during their lifetime, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Extend disclosure checks to politicians

Responding to the ministerial statement on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Chronic pain patients facing “excruciating” long waits for treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the government for putting chronic pain patients through “excruciating” long waits for treatment, after new statistics showed hundreds of patients waited more than six months to get help.

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Boost support for first responders and witnesses to trauma

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today led a member’s business debate to raise the issue of trauma recovery and support for first responders and call for the Scottish Government to bring forward a national first responder trauma recovery strategy which will ensure that anyone caught up in, or witness to, a traumatic event is given the support that they need.

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Give councils the power to protect women seeking healthcare

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to go further and “give councils the power to protect women” accessing treatment at abortion clinics, after receiving confirmation that ministers would be open to councils applying to them for bye-laws on buffer zones.

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22,500 fall injuries amongst over 65s

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged the Scottish Government to finally bring forward a national falls strategy that delivers a new “design for life” for those at risk, after it was revealed there were 22,468 emergency admissions to hospital for a fall by those aged 65 and over in 2018.

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NHS vacancies jeapordising care and costing the public purse

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for failing to make progress on filling “persistent” vacant posts across the NHS, causing agency spending to spiral.

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