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SNP an obstacle to health board success

Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the SNP government are acting as a blockade to its own flagship health policy after a damning report revealed the extent of financial and demographic pressures facing struggling health boards.

 

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Increase in drug misuse hospital stays shows new approach needed

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP has said that figures published today recording the highest rate of hospital stays due to drug misuse recorded in 18 years, shows a need for a change in approach to drug policy.

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Grant cuts mean more debt for Scotland's poorest students

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today criticised the SNP government’s underhand switch from grants to loans after figures published today revealed the move has saddled some Scotland’s poorest students with higher levels of debt.

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Report shows systemic breakdown of communication on armed police

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a crucial report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into armed policing has uncovered a systematic failure by Police Scotland to communicate the fundamental change in policy to people across Scotland.

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McInnes urges Scots to have their say on more powers

Scottish Liberal Democrat Business Manager Alison McInnes MSP today encouraged Scots to have their say on further powers for the Scottish Parliament as the deadline for members of the public to submit their views to the Smith Commission approaches.

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Hume urges action as missed hospital appointments soar

Scottish Liberal Democrats have demanded SNP ministers take action to curb the extraordinary waste of NHS time and money after revealing that the number of missed hospital appointments in Scotland has soared to 800,000 in the last year.

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Health Secretary must explain NHS 24 failings

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called on the Cabinet Secretary for Health to explain how a major NHS IT project was allowed to go so far off track.

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McInnes calls on SNP Ministers to protect Scots from revenge porn

Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP today called on SNP Ministers to help protect Scots from so-called ‘revenge porn’.

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5000 children treated for alcohol-related injury or illness

Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that young people will pay the price for Scotland's failure to tackle problem drinking after new figures showed almost 5000 young people aged 10 – 18 have been treated for alcohol-related injury or illness in the last 3 years.

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Urgent action needed to tackle early years care problems

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged Scottish ministers to hold a mirror up to their own efforts to tackle child poverty following damning criticism of its approach to and provision of early years care in the second ‘State of the Nation’ report into social mobility and child poverty today.

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