Cole-Hamilton highlights long covid risk as more than 5,000 covid cases reported

Responding to the announcement that Scotland has reported more than 5,000 coronavirus infections in a single day for the first time, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Patients need new hope not re-packaged promises

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s 26-page NHS Recovery Plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton: "Inquiry must lead to timely answers to important questions"

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that the first steps will be taken towards establishing an inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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New record breaking waiting times in Scotland’s A&Es

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today challenged the Health Secretary to “up his game”, as new statistics more record breaking waiting times in Scotland’s A&E departments.

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Cole-Hamilton: "Huge questions remain" on cervical screening programme

Responding to an update from the Scottish Government regarding the wrongful exclusion of women from the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Alex Cole-Hamilton is the new leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP is today the new leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

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Cole-Hamilton warns government on 17% increase in alcohol-specific deaths

New statistics published today show that there were 1,190 alcohol-specific deaths in 2020, an increase of 17% on the number seen in 2019. This represents the highest number of alcohol-specific deaths registered since 2008.

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Cole-Hamilton urges ministers to accelerate suicide prevention plan

Responding to figures showing that 805 probable suicides were registered in Scotland in 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Worst A&E statistics show NHS is “on its knees”

New statistics published today show that more people than ever are waiting more than four hours to be seen and processed in Scotland’s A&E departments.

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Ministers must act to stop gap between suicide prevention plans

Speaking ahead of the publication of annual statistics on probable suicides next week, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to revise its plan to leave Scotland without a suicide prevention action plan for almost a year. 

 

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Health Secretary should apologise to NHS staff, as 100 days are up

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that the Health Secretary should apologise to health staff after the SNP failed to publish an NHS Recovery Plan within 100 days of the new parliamentary term. 

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Cole-Hamilton helps launch Calisthenics outdoor gym

Local MSP for Edinburgh Western, Alex Cole-Hamilton has visited a calisthenics gym as it launches in Edinburgh Park. The Charity “Edinburgh Park Leisure” have launched the pilot project to encourage people from all communities to find the benefits of bodyweight fitness, improve their physical and mental health with no charge or membership required.

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New report reveals NHS scarred by the pandemic

A new report published today by Public Health Scotland has offered new insights into the experience of critical care units during the pandemic, showing the significant strain staff had to deal with.

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Lib Dems warn against letting ministers take over care services

As a new consultation opens on the future of care services, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned against centralising services and putting them in the hands of the same Scottish Government ministers who oversaw the discharge of untested and covid-positive people into care homes during the pandemic.

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NHS recovery plan must hold answers on staffing, operations and A&E

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today proposed new measures for inclusion in the forthcoming NHS Recovery Plan and challenged Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to recognise within the plans that the NHS didn't have the resources to meet waiting times for years before the pandemic struck.

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