We need a First Responders strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has expressed delight that the Scottish Government has responded to his calls for action on trauma recovery for emergency services’ staff. This comes after the Health Secretary confirmed the government will finally start to take action to improve mental health care for emergency responders.

Alex Cole-Hamilton led a members’ business debate at the beginning of June calling for a National First Responder Trauma Recovery Strategy.

Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

“I couldn’t be happier the Scottish Government has decided to back my campaign and is going to take the first steps to improving mental health provisions for our dedicated emergency responders.

“People who work in the emergency services face harrowing and distressing scenes everyday as part of their job. They work tirelessly to help strangers in the worst situations, and must have confidence that if they need help that’s readily available as well.

“This funding settlement is a good start, but it’s not going to be a one off quick cash fix.

“The Scottish Liberal Democrats want to see the government set out a comprehensive strategy that will ensure that anyone caught up in, or witness to, a traumatic event is given the support that they need.”

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