Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today applauded cross-party efforts which saw the Scottish Government defeated in its attempt to place extensive powers on forestry directly under Ministerial control.Read more
Responding to the news that the closure of the Scottish Youth Theatre has been averted, Scottish Liberal Democrat culture spokesperson Councillor Eileen McCartin said:
"Thanks to cross party efforts and pressure from campaigners, the Scottish Youth Theatre has been saved for now. It would have been unconscionable for it to close in Scotland's Year of Young People.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients were being left in pain after new figures showed just half of patients were seen within the NHS physio waiting time target.
Only 53.6% of the 71,071 patients who had a first clinical appointment with musculoskeletal (MSK) services during the quarter ending December 2017 were seen within 4 weeks. The target is to achieve this for 90% of patients.Read more
Commenting on new figures showing just 83.5% of people attending A&E during the week ending 11 March were admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, well below the SNP Government's 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“The Scottish Government last hit their A&E target in July 2017. Now performance has dropped 5% in the space of a week and hundreds of patients are waiting over 12 hours. The Health Secretary needs to let the concerned public know when she thinks this target will be hit at last.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today said the news that almost 300 children and adults need to be re-vaccinated is “deeply concerning”.
His comments come as it is announced that due to vaccines at Lerwick Health Centre being stored incorrect temperature, their long-term effectiveness may be reduced and therefore hundreds of children and adults will need to receive booster vaccinations.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie will tomorrow ask the Scottish Parliamentary Bureau to change the Parliamentary business agenda for Thursday and hold an emergency debate on Russia following the Salisbury attack.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain in a critical condition in hospital, with a number more injured including police Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.Read more
Commenting on the Scottish Government’s new ‘Rail investment strategy for next decade’, North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles said:
“The SNP have made a lot of big promises for rail over their eleven years in office. But in reality communities, particularly in the North and North East, have seen very few of those improvements delivered.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has tabled an amendment to the Islands Bill that would ensure that official publications featuring a map of Scotland put Shetland in the right place.
The Islands Bill focuses on provisions designed to strengthen and protect Scotland's island communities.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today revealed that more than 700 peak-time seats have been lost on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line due to delays in rolling out the new fleet and the lease of existing trains expiring in the meantime.Read more
A crack in the Forties Pipeline discovered in early December 2017 and the Beast from the East weather has resulted in disruption to LPG off grid gas supplies to rural Scotland.
The Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has called on Calor Gas and other distribution companies to come clean to customers about the extent of the problems as the winter weather continues in Scotland.Read more