Cole-Hamilton: Health Secretary must accept responsibility and resign

Responding to BMA Scotland's warning that doctors in Scotland are "under pressure like never before", with "patients suffering" and "services deteriorating" because resources aren't keeping up with demand, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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NHS Lothian funding gap proves “strains on the system”

Responding to claims made by the Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Lothian, Jim Crombie, in the Health and Sport Committee this morning that the health board requires £31m to return services to 2017 levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Survey shows patients feeling impact of GP crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were feeling the impact of the GP crisis, after a new survey showed a 7% fall in how people rate the care from their GP practice since 2009/10.

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Cole-Hamilton: Radical drugs policy overhaul needed

As the Scottish Parliament debates safe injecting facilities, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has reaffirmed his support for such facilities and called for new steps to educate people on the dangers drugs pose and tackle record numbers of drug deaths.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for swift Ofcom investigation of RT

Responding to reports that Ofcom have opened 7 investigations into RT, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Pardons and Disregards Bill a "milestone"

Speaking during today's debate on the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill, which would enable men to erase their convictions for same-sex activity that is now legal, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and Equalities Committee Deputy Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Endowment troubles draw attention to Health Board funding pressures

Responding to news that more health boards are facing scrutiny over their use of endowment funds, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Hospital website can’t be the foundation for more centralisation

Responding to plans for the creation of a new website, which will allow patients to compare hospitals and choose whether to request their operation from a different hospital, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Health Secretary must address the void of mental health staff at NHS Highland

Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has called on the Health Secretary, Shona Robison, to take immediate action to assist NHS Highland in light of the board warning of “significant pressures” on staffing levels in its mental health service.

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Cole-Hamilton: Wait for primary care workforce plan drags on

Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said the Scottish Government's repeated failure to publish the primary care section of its NHS workforce plan is "yet another let down" for staff, highlighting that it is now months late.

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