First item of business for new Health Sec - reinstate funding for HIV Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today led a cross party group of MSPs in writing to the First Minister and new Health Secretary to ask that they reinstate funding for HIV Scotland.

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Worst cancer waiting time statistics ever

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said that current cancer waits are an insult to patients and called for new leadership as figures released today revealed that performance against the 62-day waiting time target is at its worst ever level.

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Only 1% of doctors think NHS services have improved

Responding to a new survey by BMA Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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3% annual pay rise not enough to attract more NHS staff

Commenting on the 9% pay rise for NHS Scotland staff over the next 3 years, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Scot Lib Dems reveal "absurd" 600 day waits for delayed discharges

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today revealed patients have been in hospital on delayed discharge for up to 600 days after they were declared ready to leave, branding the situation “absurd".

Freedom of information requests by the party have uncovered the longest periods patients across the country had their discharge from hospital delayed for health and social care reasons during 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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UK must remain welcoming for EU citizens

Responding to the Home Secretary’s announcement that EU citizens will have to answer there online questions to continue living in the UK, Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Smoking plan must "clear the air"

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government's Tobacco-control action plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Physio waits leave patients in pain

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were being left in pain after new figures showed just half of patients were seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals worst adult mental health waiting times

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today revealed that adults have waited years for psychological therapies and said the "shocking" figures demanded a stepchange in how we treat mental health.

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Parliament backs Lib Dem call for mental health shift

Opposition parties today inflicted a defeat on the Government and demanded improvements to mental health services.

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