New Lord Advocate should prescribe "treatment, not imprisonment" for drug misuse

Scottish Liberal Democrats will this week use a debate on Scotland's drugs deaths crisis to urge the new Lord Advocate to prioritise the prevention of drug deaths through new guidance to pave the way for more people misusing drugs to get the treatment and support they need, instead of a destructive experience of the criminal justice system.

 

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Lib Dems call for covid tests to be mailed to every household attending EURO 2020

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to work with football authorities and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ensure that every household attending games at Hampden and at the Glasgow fanzone is mailed lateral flow tests.

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Cole-Hamilton: Scrutiny essential to healthy democracies

Speaking in response to the Scottish Government’s statement setting out plans for another fast tracked process for emergency legislation, three months before the expiry date of existing laws, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for plan to drive down waiting times as A&E attendance rises

Responding to today's A&E figures which who the highest number of Scots attend an A&E department since February 2020, of whom 85.7.% were seen and admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, well below the Scottish Government target of 95%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for walk in centres as Edinburgh case rate doubles

Responding to new figures showing that over the past week the case rate in Edinburgh has increased from 65.9 to 134.3 per 100,000 and reports of outbreaks in a further four high schools today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton sets out plans for school meals, mental health and fuel poverty ahead of poverty debate

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Scottish Parliament debate on Tackling Poverty and Building a Fairer Country, Alex Cole-Hamilton has challenged the new SNP Social Justice Secretary to put constitutional grievances aside as he highlighted the attainment gap, mental health and insecure housing as three key areas in which the government could act immediately to tackle poverty. 

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MSP Pays Tribute To Eco Minded Cramond Pupils

Dozens of children from Cramond Primary School have written to their local Edinburgh Western MSP, Alex Cole-Hamilton, to highlight the beach clean that took place on Sunday 23rd May to clean up the river almond. The clean was organised on Facebook by “Surfers Against Sewage”. Mr Cole-Hamilton has written back to the pupils to thank them for their engagement with local environmental issues and has put forward a parliamentary motion to highlight the campaign.

 

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New analysis shows 210,000 operations lost to Covid

New Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis has shown that 210,000 scheduled operations have now been lost to the pandemic and the party has warned that it will need "every ounce" of the government's energy to power through the backlog and end painful waits for patients.

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30% post-Christmas increase in children waiting over a year for mental health treatment

Responding to new mental health waiting times statistics for the start of 2021 showing a record 2,452 children and 5,799 adults waiting more than year for treatment, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Delayed discharges putting pressure on the NHS

Responding to new statistics showing there were 690 people in hospital experiencing delayed discharge at the end of April because of "health and social care reasons", Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton: Increase GP numbers to tackle service "at breaking point"

Alex has called on the Scottish Government to increase the number of GPs in Scotland and embed more nurses, dieticians and physiotherapists with GPs so that people can get a wider range of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care within their community.

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Cole-Hamilton Launches Schools Exam Survey

Local MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has had a large number of emails and calls from both school students and their parents about the SQA assessments that have replaced this year’s exam diet in recent weeks. When the government cancelled the exam diet for this year ahead of the winter lockdown, they gave the impression that qualifications would be awarded on the basis of course work and teacher estimated grades. These assessments, which seem to be exams in all but name, were not mentioned at all.

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ALEX THANKS CONSTITUENTS FOR LANDSLIDE WIN

Alex Cole-Hamilton has thanked local residents after being returned to the Scottish Parliament with a majority of nearly 10,000 votes. Despite national projections suggesting that Edinburgh Western was on a knife edge, Alex and the Liberal Democrats managed to confound expectations and deliver the best result in the party’s history securing 25,578 votes ahead of the SNP who were in second place on 15,693. After his win Alex said:

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Lib Dems Celebrate Eye Pavilion Victory

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has welcomed an announcement from the First Minister that the Scottish Government will save Edinburgh’s historic Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.

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Children at risk due to mental health postcode lottery

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned new research showing a "postcode lottery" of spending on mental health services is a "scandal" and called for a transformative investment in mental health.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatry, new figures show that the level of spending per head of population for those aged 0-17 changes drastically based on their location.

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