Cole-Hamilton demands improvements in mental health support for those who witness suicide or trauma

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP and Janice Malone have today launched a campaign to improve the mental health support available for witnesses of trauma or suicide, after they both witnessed the suicide of a man in central Edinburgh four years ago.

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SNP still failing to improve A&E waits

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised ministers for failing to give NHS staff the resources they need as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 87.4%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 21 consecutive months.

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Cole Hamilton on “anguish” caused by nearly 500 cancelled operations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 490 operations were cancelled in March alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

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Deletion of correspondence risks hampering Government probe

Responding to a letter from Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans to the Committee on Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints, warning that documents relevant to the ongoing probe may have been deleted and cannot be retrieved, committee member Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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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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