Cole-Hamilton reveals dramatic rise in clinical staff retiring early

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that clinical staff are “increasingly looking for an early exit” as he revealed that the number of staff retiring has more than doubled since 2010/11.

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Scot Gov walking towards confrontation warns Scott

Responding to Scottish Brexit Minister Mike Russell's statement to the Scottish Parliament on negotiations with the UK Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

"It appears that the Scottish Government have now departed from their Welsh counterparts in reaching an agreement that is badly needed.

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Cole-Hamilton: Health Secretary must accept responsibility and resign

Responding to BMA Scotland's warning that doctors in Scotland are "under pressure like never before", with "patients suffering" and "services deteriorating" because resources aren't keeping up with demand, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Lib Dems respond to new BBC channel go ahead

Responding to reports that plans for a new dedicated BBC channel for Scotland have been approved by Ofcom, Scottish Liberal Democrat culture spokesperson councillor Eileen McCartin said:

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Cable: Empire 2.0 is crumbling

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has used an address to the Scottish Liberal Democrat spring conference in Aviemore on Saturday 21st April to warn that the Government's Brexit deal is unravelling and call on the SNP to do the right thing and choose the national interest over the narrow interests of her party.

On Brexit, Sir Vince said:

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NHS Lothian funding gap proves “strains on the system”

Responding to claims made by the Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Lothian, Jim Crombie, in the Health and Sport Committee this morning that the health board requires £31m to return services to 2017 levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The troubles with NHS Tayside, and now with NHS Lothian, show the clear strains on the system. Staff are working around the clock but they aren’t getting anywhere near the support and resources they need.

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Cole-Hamilton: Survey shows patients feeling impact of GP crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were feeling the impact of the GP crisis, after a new survey showed a 7% fall in how people rate the care from their GP practice since 2009/10.

The Health and Care Experience Survey 2017/18 surveyed 130,000 patients. It found 83% rated the overall care provided by their GP practice positively, down 2% compared to 2015/16 and 7% lower than in 2009/10.

Elsewhere, the survey found:

  • the percentage of people who said that they had a say in how their help, care or support was provided decreased from 83 per cent in 2013/14 to 76 per cent in 2017/18;
  • just 37% of carers said they felt supported to continue caring - a decrease of 6%;
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Rennie: Pro-Europeans from all parties “must stand up for the best interests of our country”

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Jardine to lead debate on Brexit, tourism and creative industries

Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson and Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine will today lead a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on tourism and the creative industries.

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Lib Dems propose collective banking hubs

The Liberal Democrat Conference has today voted in favour of exploring opportunities to set up shared banking hubs in smaller communities so that people in remote and rural areas can preserve previous access to face-to-face financial services.

RBS has capitalised on the support of the tax payer and must take a more community-orientated approach.

In addition, the Liberal Democrats voted in favour of establishing a rapid-reaction service, similar to the Partnership for Continuing Employment initiative, to bring together public agencies to ensure they can all retain a presence at local level.

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