Scottish Government needs a new era of drugs policy radicalism

Speaking ahead of the publication of new drugs deaths statistics which are expected to show that Scotland is once again the drugs death capital of Europe, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to kickstart a new era of drugs policy radicalism. 

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MSP helps local mosque with food parcel initiative

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton spent an afternoon this week at Blackhall mosque loading bags of food staples on to vans ready to distribute to those in need in the area. The ingredients are provided by Islamic Relief UK and allow people to cook healthy meals for their families.

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"Scalebacks and spin" won't strengthen Test and Protect

Responding to the publication of new Test and Protect statistics, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Rise in mental health detentions skipping key safeguard

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the rights of people with mental ill health are at risk after a new report revealed that just 4 in 10 mental health detentions were carried out with the consent of specialist staff.

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Cole-Hamilton urges ministers to hit the phones to boost vaccine uptake

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that ministers must hit the phones and ensure that everyone who has not yet had a vaccine receives a phone call to offer an appointment and win over any waverers.

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A&E pressure shows worst weekly figures since 2018

New statistics released by Public Health Scotland show A&E departments continue to struggle as the four-hour target time dropped again to a new lowest level since January 2018.

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Cole-Hamilton sets out ministerial to-do list to support easing of restrictions

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today set out a to-do list of areas in which the Health Secretary must take action including measures to boost vaccine uptake among young people, improve the performance of the Protect Scotland app and extra contact tracing staff.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for urgent NHS recovery plan

Responding to the Health Secretary's interview on Good Morning Scotland this morning in which he denied the NHS was in crisis, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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A&E pressure matches second wave peak

Statistics released by Public Health Scotland show A&E departments under “unsustainable pressure”, as the percentage being seen within the four hour target time dropped to its lowest level since 22 December 2020, in the midst of the second wave.

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New analysis shows 220,653 scheduled operations lost to Covid

Scottish Liberal Democrats have accused the SNP of offering just words not action on NHS waiting lists.  Today the party warned of the “weight of work” that will be required to get the NHS back on track, as new analysis reveals 220,653 scheduled operations have been lost during the course of the pandemic.

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Cancer screening failures should prompt rapid appointment of patient champion

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the cervical cancer screening scandal must prompt the Scottish Government to speed up the appoint of a new independent figure to champion the cause of patients.

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Walk-in clinics arrive weeks late as virus runs rampant

Responding to the news that walk-in vaccination centres will be available everywhere in mainland Scotland from Monday, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Another blow to cervical cancer services as treatment times worsen

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that Scotland’s cancer care services are “on the cusp of a crisis”, as new statistics reveal a significant decrease in the number of cervical cancer patients receiving treatment on time.

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Cole-Hamilton welcomes opening of drop-in vaccination clinic in South Gyle

People aged between 18 and 39 can now attend a drop-in vaccination clinic for people at the RBS Younger Building in South Gyle.

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Cole-Hamilton: Delay in revealing cancer screening errors "cynical abuse of power"

Scottish Liberal Democrats caused Scottish ministers to admit that they had known since March about fatal errors in the cervical screening programme. Health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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