New stats reveal "staggering failures" with the quarantine tracing system as less than 7% successfully checked

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded answers about the "staggering failures" with the quarantine tracing system, after new statistics included in the Covid-19 Statistical Report published today by Public Health Scotland revealed only 6.8% of those required to quarantine in Scotland have been successfully contacted by a contact tracer. 

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Lib Dems back campaign for student paramedic bursaries to attract “best and brightest” to our NHS

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today issued a statement of support for the ‘Pay Student Paramedics’, campaign launched by a group of paramedic science students.   

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Edinburgh Zoo Host Shielding Hour

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today praised Edinburgh Zoo following the success of their dedicated “Shielding Hours” that took place over the weekend.  On both Saturday and Sunday, Edinburgh Zoo opened an hour earlier to allow families of which a member has been classed as clinically vulnerable to enjoy the Zoo, without the anxieties that come with re-entering public spaces.

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Witnesses to harassment probe must be "open and transparent"

Speaking ahead of the Committee exploring the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints taking evidence from Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans, committee member Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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Essential that public inquiry into handling of virus starts

Speaking after revelations in the Sunday Post about COVID-positive patients being discharged from hospital into care homes at the start of the crisis, the health spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton Presses for Answers on Threat to Airport Jobs

As Parliament returned yesterday, Edinburgh Western MSP  Alex Cole-Hamilton continued in his efforts to gain support for Edinburgh Airport. Following a Ministerial Statement on Covid-19, Mr Cole-Hamilton asked the Cabinet Secretary for Transport to meet with the aviation sector to discuss testing as an alternative to quarantine. Mr Cole-Hamilton also took the opportunity to stress the value of the domestic air market to Edinburgh Airport, by asking the Cabinet Secretary to rule out the possibility of a quarantine for those arriving into Scotland from England.

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Mixed Dental Practices Facing Severe Redundancies

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today backed calls from the British Dental Association for additional financial support for mixed and private dental practices.

New figures from the British Dental Association (BDA) Scotland reveal that over 90% of mixed dental practices, which provide care for both NHS and Private dental patients, are not confident of maintaining their current staff levels in the coming year.

These findings come after dental practices were forced to shut for three months as part of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

BDA Scotland’s figures also provide real cause for concern for the future of NHS dental care. They revealed that over half of practices carrying out majority/exclusively NHS procedures anticipate a comparative reduction in procedures during the next twelve months.

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Health Secretary must set out when 90 minute Covid tests will be available in Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to set out when Scots suspected of having Covid-19 will have access to new 90-minute testing machines.

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Alex Salmond insulting democratic values by staying at RT

Speaking on the continued role for Alex Salmond at Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT, the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton Seeks Urgent Action from Scottish Government as Edinburgh Airport Fights to Save Jobs

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to outline the support it will provide for the aviation industry, as a matter of urgency. Edinburgh airport, which lies withing Mr Cole-Hamilton’s constituency, announced earlier today that they are faced with having to cut up to two thousand of the seven thousand jobs that the campus directly provides.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

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