Lib Dems applaud the efforts of NHS staff on 70th anniversary

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has used the 70th anniversary of the NHS to highlight the dedicated work of NHS staff across the country.

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Increase in delayed discharges “crippling” health service

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has expressed disbelief that delayed discharge has increased by 9% compared to this time last year and called on SNP Ministers to lay out their plans to reduce delayed discharges across the country.

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SNP miss A&E targets for best part of a year

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised the Scottish Government for failing to meet its A&E performance targets for the best part of a year.

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Capacity constraints cancel 500 operations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the new Health Minister to bolster NHS resources after new statistics revealed nearly 500 operations were cancelled in May for capacity or non-clinical reasons.

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SNP should “hang head in shame” at drug death record

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for a refresh of the national drugs strategy as drug-related deaths hit an all-time high.

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Unhealthy weights “seriously strain” NHS

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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“Seismic shift” in mental health policy required

Responding to the news that the number of students at Scottish universities seeking counselling has almost doubled in the last five years, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Mental health audit a real shocker

Speaking in response to the publication of a Scottish Government audit of service rejections by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services the health spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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£275k for ministerial pot but not threatened HIV charity

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today criticised the government for plans to cut HIV Scotland’s funding while increasing ministerial staffing costs by the same amount. He appealed to new Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to urgently reconsider the decision.

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Scot Gov must deliver comprehensive suicide prevention plan

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today attacked the "negligent" Scottish Government as new figures revealed that almost 700 people died by suicide in 2017, during the entirety of which there was no suicide prevention strategy in place.

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