A&E weekly performance hits worst rate since January

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since January, with only 85.7% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“Patients and the professionals that keep the NHS alive will be hugely frustrated that the government’s performance target has been missed for years on end.

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Lib Dems uncover “staggering” four and a half year wait for dental treatment

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today revealed health boards have reported “staggering” waits for dental treatment, including a patient reportedly waiting 243 weeks in Grampian, and called on the Health Secretary to take urgent action to get services back on track.

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Islands Housing Fund builds just seven homes since 2016

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today revealed that a Scottish Government scheme to boost house building and refurbishment on Scotland's islands has completed the building of just seven homes since it was launched in 2016.

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Trump tariffs will be “bitter blow” to whisky industry

Commenting on the news that the US Government will impose steep tariffs on Scottish whisky, Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson and MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Jamie Stone said:

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Rennie demands action on “home care crisis”

Speaking at FMQs today, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie pressed the First Minister on her government’s failure to address the “home care crisis” and delayed discharges in Scotland.

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SNP refuse to admit ScotRail has failed

Commenting after an opposition debate in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, calling for the Scottish Government to withdraw from the current ScotRail franchise arrangement after its first expiry date in 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Mike Rumbles said:

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Scot Lib Dems back campaign for Fair Dementia Care

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today committed his party to supporting Alzheimer Scotland’s Fair Dementia Care campaign, warning that “far too often patients and their families are finding themselves on a carousel of emergency room visits, hospital trips and inadequate care services.”

The campaign calls for people with advanced dementia to get access to the health and nursing care they need, as they would if they had any other illness and ensure that people with dementia would cease to be subject to the disproportionate care charging burden they currently face.

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Swinson: Prime Minister is putting lives and jobs at risk

Responding to Boris Johnson's speech to the Conservative Party Conference, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

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Leaked documents confirm Scottish Government will at last ban fracking

Commenting on documents accidentally published online by the Scottish Government announcing that tomorrow it will finally commit to a ban on fracking, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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Scottish Secretary should end jingoistic saber rattling

Responding to Alister Jack’s speech to the Conservative conference in which he branded the threat of medicine shortages “a ridiculous scare story”, threatened to replace one of the “left wing bank holidays” with Union Day and suggested deploying the Royal Navy against European fishing vessels, Liberal Democrat Scottish affairs spokesperson Jamie Stone MP said:

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