Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today appealed to Unite’s Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty, to allow lifeline medical flights from the islands to continue throughout their newly announced strike periods.
Workers at Aberdeen Airport have announced their intention to strike at points throughout late July and August. This would deny NHS patients living in Orkney and Shetland the opportunity to attend scheduled medical appointments in Aberdeen through no fault of their own.Read more
Responding to confirmation that the number of Scottish households is expected to increase by around a third over the next two decades, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has called on the Scottish Government to back Lib Dem calls for a National Care and Accommodation Exchange.
Household numbers are expected to increase by 317,000 by 2041. The number of households headed by someone over the age of 70 is expected to increase by 58%.Read more
Responding to Donald Trump’s comments ahead of his UK visit, Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:
“Despite his warm words about friendship with Boris, I hope Donald Trump won’t be under any illusion he’s in for a warm reception in Scotland.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the government for missing its own stroke targets by a huge margin.
64% of stroke victims were reported to have been given appropriate care (as outlined in the Scottish Stroke Care Standards). The Scottish Government target for appropriate care is 80%.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has criticised the Scottish Government for letting performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target slip once again.
New ISD statistics published today show only 90.8% of those attending A&E were seen within 4 hours. The Scottish Government’s target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.Read more
Responding to new research by Ipsos Mori which has found that 9,830 EU nationals who work in social care and childcare in Scotland face an uncertain future because of Brexit, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Brexit jeopardises the futures of 10,000 of our precious care staff, just as it threatens our economy, the NHS, universities and businesses.Read more
Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has extended Ineos’ fracking licence in the area to the south and west of Falkirk, Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“The Scottish Government’s stance on fracking is erratic and nonsensical. Extending Ineos’ licence in Falkirk sits at odds with their resolute anti-fracking rhetoric.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Mental Health Minister to look into the “culture of care” at Carseview as a matter of urgency following revelations about the mistreatment of its mental health patients in a BBC documentary last night.
Former patients claimed restraint practices were being used violently and repeatedly and illegal drugs were available on wards.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the Lord Advocate urging him to ensure that a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the tragic M9 crash is conducted as soon as possible.
It has now been three years since the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell on the M9 in July 2015.Read more
Responding to the Scottish Government’s Constitutional Relations Secretary, Mike Russell’s appearance on BBC GMS this morning, where he said people would require a say on the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP commented:
“It appears the SNP are finally starting to see the light. Mike Russell is right that the British people deserve to have the final say on whether Theresa May’s ropey Brexit deal is good enough. He does however need to give up on the constant caveats. This isn’t about political posturing. It’s about warding off economic disaster.Read more