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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Alex Cole-Hamilton: we cannot leave children stranded on mental health waiting lists

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said we cannot leave children stranded on waiting lists for mental health services as new figures showed almost 100 children in Lothian had been waiting more than a year for treatment and were still to be seen by specialists as of March 2016.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton calls for urgent boost to cancer support services

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on SNP Ministers to boost support services for people receiving treatment for cancer.

 

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Lib Dems call for action on homes for social rent

Scottish Liberal Democrats today called on SNP Ministers to deliver more homes for social rent as a research from Shelter found more than 1 million (53%) 18-44 year-olds in Scotland say housing problems are forcing them to put their lives on hold.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: mental health a crucial element of maternal wellbeing

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said Scottish Government plans to provide pregnant women with vitamins miss a crucial part of the maternal health jigsaw as he called for a step change in perinatal mental health services.

 

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Alex Cole-Hamilton calls for urgent statement on mental health unit staff shortages

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton today called for an urgent statement from the new mental health minister after a report from the Mental Welfare Commission revealed that one third of the beds at a specialist mental health unit for children are empty due to staff shortages.

 

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Alex Cole-Hamilton: cuts to drug treatment funding will not help users kick their habits

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton today warned that cuts to drug and alcohol treatment services will not help drug users kick their habits as new figures revealed that more than 12,000 people were assessed for drug treatment services last year.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton calls for step change in mental health services

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has called for a step change in the way that mental health services are supported as new figures from NUS Scotland revealed a 47% increase in the number of students seeking mental health support.

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