Huge upsurge in volume of heroin and ecstasy seized

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the government to endorse “humane proposals” to establish heroin assisted treatment clinics, as new statistics reveal the volume of heroin seized by Police Scotland in 2017-18 had doubled from the previous year and the number of ecstasy-type tablets seized had tripled.

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Hundreds wait over six months for chronic pain treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned long waits for treatment are preventing people getting on with their lives after new statistics showed 400 patients waited more than six months to get help for chronic pain treatment.

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Patients deserve better than dust and grime at super hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the Health Secretary must oversee a drastic improvement in governance and conditions at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after an inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland highlighted a series of serious safety and cleanliness issues.

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Edinburgh begging report must be a launchpad for change

Commenting on new research into begging in Edinburgh, published by the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership along with charity Shelter Scotland, Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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More than 600 operations cancelled in January for capacity or non-clinical reasons

Responding to the news that 638 operations were cancelled in January for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Number of patients trapped in hospital unnecessarily increases

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for an exit from Brexit and an end to the threat it poses to the care sector, as new statistics showed a 20% month-on-month increase in the number of patients stuck in hospital for health and social care reasons.

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More than 2,500 people wait over a year for mental health treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today demanded new measures to end the mental health waiting times crisis, after new analysis showed thousands of adults and children waiting over 12 months for treatment.

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NHS vacancies are compromising care

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government’s failure to produce a “complete, credible workforce plan” as new statistics show vacancies across the NHS are “off the chart”.

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Cole-Hamilton on “crisis call” over paediatrician numbers

Responding to the findings of a new study by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health that says the profession “is on the brink of a recruitment crisis”, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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265 patients have died while waiting on a kidney transplant

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed that in the last decade more than 250 patients have died whilst on the waiting list for a kidney transplant as he called on the Scottish Government to do more to support organisations like Give A Kidney which work to connect donors and recipients.

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