SNP must show political will to use new benefit powers

Commenting on a new report into Scottish Government’s implementation of its social security powers from the Auditor General, which notes that the Scottish Government “hasn't yet got a clear understanding of what's needed to deliver the more complex benefits to come, or how much it will cost”, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Four Seasons collapse puts care and jobs at risk

Commenting on the news that one of the UK's biggest private care home operators, Four Seasons, which operates over 30 care residential homes across Scotland, is facing administration, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Nearly 4 in 10 cancers have “modifiable risk factors” such as smoking and obesity

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded swifter action to hit much-missed cancer treatment time targets as the latest edition of annual statistics warned that nearly 4 in 10 cancers can be attributed to modifiable risk factors such as smoking and obesity.

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SNP’s baby steps on age of criminal responsibility “morally bankrupt”

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government will establish a new forum to consider if the age of criminal responsibility should be raised beyond 12, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who has twice proposed amendments raising it to at least 14, commented:

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ScotRail Latest - Dalmeny

Alex has been doggedly pursuing improvement for residents using Dalmeny station who have seen countless rush hour trains cancelled due to overcrowding.

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Use minimum pricing anniversary to introduce new 60p rate

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the first anniversary of the introduction of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland should be marked by raising the rate to at least 60p, sending a clear signal about our resolve to win the battle against the bottle.

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GP recruitment crisis

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament backed a motion criticising the SNP’s poor handling of the NHS and highlighting challenges with the recruitment and retention of GPs, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Chief Medical Officer indicates social care pressures may be behind static life expectancy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Government needs to urgently relieve the pressure on health and social care services after the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report signalled this could be contributing to life expectancy improvement grinding to a halt.

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Outlaw putting children in cells

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and deputy convener of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged fresh amendments to the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill, calling for the Scottish Government to prohibit locking up children in police cells.

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Spring brings no respite for A&E

Commenting on today’s A&E figures which show that more than 300 patients had to wait over 8 hours during the week ending 7 April, and performance against the 4 hour target of just 88.5%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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