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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Lib Dems: Urgent action needed on socially rented housing

Scottish Liberal Democrats today called for urgent action on socially rented housing as new figures revealed that the SNP missed their 2011 manifesto target by 7,500 homes.

 

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: SNP have not got to grips with GP challenges

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton today said that calls for extra support for primary care have fallen on deaf ears as new figures showed a fall in the number of GPs working in Scotland.

 

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: Queensferry Crossing claims from FM ring hollow

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton today said claims from the First Minister that the first the SNP government heard about potential delays to the Queensferry Crossing project was in May ring hollow.

 

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Alex Cole-Hamilton comments on Forth Road Bridge delay

Following reports that the opening of the new Forth Road Bridge is set to be delayed, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The Parliament was told as recently as March that the new bridge would finish on time and on budget. Persistent rumours of delays were dismissed as scaremongering by the SNP throughout the election campaign in April and May. Those assurances turned out to be about as robust as a worn out truss end link. 

 

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: NHS professionals should have freedom to do their jobs

Following the announcement of a review of NHS targets, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"We know that in some cases, targets can lead to power being taken away from clinicians and getting in the way of the most effective treatments. We all want to see our health services improve but it is far from clear that every target helps boost our NHS. Targets are part of the picture but they must not be the be all and end all.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: progress on psychological therapies has stalled

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that progress towards cutting waiting times for psychological therapies has stalled as new statistics showed hundreds of Scots have been forced to wait more than a year for treatment.

 

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: NHS short of key staff

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that nine years of SNP government has left the NHS short of key staff as new figures on workforce statistics were published this morning.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: more work needed to cut cancelled operations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said health boards must get the support they need to carry out operations on time as new figures revealed 467 patients across Scotland had their operations cancelled for non-clinical or capacity reasons last month.

 

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