Boost support for first responders and witnesses to trauma

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today led a member’s business debate to raise the issue of trauma recovery and support for first responders and call for the Scottish Government to bring forward a national first responder trauma recovery strategy which will ensure that anyone caught up in, or witness to, a traumatic event is given the support that they need.

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Cole-Hamilton: Give councils the power to protect women seeking healthcare

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to go further and “give councils the power to protect women” accessing treatment at abortion clinics, after receiving confirmation that ministers would be open to councils applying to them for bye-laws on buffer zones.

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6 out of 10 teachers work more than a day extra per week

Speaking ahead of the Educational Institute of Scotland conference getting underway in Perth, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has warned that teachers’ responsibilities are piling up as a new staff survey showed 6 out of 10 staff are working more than 8 hours extra above their contractual working hours each week.

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Stone: We acknowledge our huge debt of gratitude to all those who landed on the Normandy beaches

Commenting on the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesperson Jamie Stone said:

“Today we remember those who landed on the beaches of Normandy at the D-Day landings and the courage displayed by all who risked their future for our today.

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22,500 fall injuries amongst over 65s

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged the Scottish Government to finally bring forward a national falls strategy that delivers a new “design for life” for those at risk, after it was revealed there were 22,468 emergency admissions to hospital for a fall by those aged 65 and over in 2018.

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Cole-Hamilton: NHS vacancies jeapordising care and costing the public purse

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for failing to make progress on filling “persistent” vacant posts across the NHS, causing agency spending to spiral.

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3,186 people wait over a year for mental health treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrats today demanded extra measures to end the mental health waiting times crisis after new analysis showed 500 more adults and children waiting over 12 months for treatment.

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Cole Hamilton: Number of patients stuck in hospital unnecessarily rises

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for the Scottish Government to act swiftly to ease pressure on our health services and boost resources for the care sector, as new statistics showed more people stuck in hospital unnecessarily.

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Lib Dems on Biometrics Commissioner Bill

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

“Scottish Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail for recognition that the law on biometrics is outdated and inept at dealing with the full force of modern technology.

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Scottish Liberal Democrats: Pick up the pace on mental health workforce expansion

Responding to the news that 186 mental health staff have been recruited, of the 800 the Scottish Government committed to hiring in March 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat mental health spokesperson Emma Walker said:

“Nobody should be waiting two years for mental health treatment. However, at the rate the Scottish Government is going, long waits are set to continue for the foreseeable future.

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