Lib Dems call for Scotland Cares covid volunteer database to be put to use tackling loneliness this Christmas

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to make use of the “colossal” Scotland Cares volunteer database to tackle loneliness across Scotland this winter.  

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Cole-Hamilton pushes Scottish Government to help Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Western Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has asked the First Minister if funds can be found to help Edinburgh Zoo.

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Campaign to re-open libraries

In the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton asked the Cabinet Secretary for Communities to make more government funding available to local authorities so they can employ more cleaners to allow for more libraries to reopen.

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Lib Dems: Suicide rates demand transformation from CAMHS through to crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for "a service transformation from CAMHS through to crisis" after it was revealed that 833 people died by suicide in 2019.

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Vast time lag on suicide statistics leaves us “in the dark”

Speaking ahead of the publication of Scottish suicide statistics tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned that the statistics need to be published more regularly so government and services can swiftly respond to concerning trends. 

 

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Cole-Hamilton: Buck stops with ministers on care home protection downgrade

Speaking after a BBC Sunday Politics interview with Health Secretary Jeane Freeman in which she confirmed that COVID positive people were being transferred to care homes, the health spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems call for Covid vaccine booking service details

Responding to the Scottish Government making the first announcements in relation to a vaccine rollout strategy, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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March-June sees 4,000 fewer cancer diagnoses year-on-year

Responding to new figures from Public Health Scotland showing there were 4,000 fewer pathologically confirmed cancer diagnoses in March-June 2020 compared to 2019, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Patients stuck in hospital for 500,000 days

New figures released today have revealed that people who are ready to leave hospital have been left waiting for over half a million days during the year 2019-2020. 

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Lib Dems call for vaccine rollout plan and public information campaign

Commenting on the confirmation from the Health Secretary that she will set out vaccine rollout plans to parliament this week, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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