Increase in delayed discharges “crippling” health service

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has expressed disbelief that delayed discharge has increased by 9% compared to this time last year and called on SNP Ministers to lay out their plans to reduce delayed discharges across the country.

In May 2018, 43,244 days were spent in hospital by people whose had been signed off as well enough. This is an increase of 9% compared with 39,651 days in May 2017.

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Jardine accuses SNP of hypocrisy on Brexit

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today accused the SNP of “hypocrisy” for opposing Brexit but refusing to support giving the people a vote on the final deal.

Only a few weeks after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demand a final say on Brexit, Ms Jardine called on the SNP to back that movement in a debate in Westminster Hall on the implications for Scotland when leaving the EU.

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Capacity constraints cancel 500 operations

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the new Health Minister to bolster NHS resources after new statistics revealed nearly 500 operations were cancelled in May for capacity or non-clinical reasons.

ISD Scotland recorded 2498 cancelled operations in May 2018. Of these 489 were cancelled by hospitals because of limited capacity or non-clinical reasons. This can include beds, staff or equipment being unavailable or theatre sessions overrunning.

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SNP should “hang head in shame” at drug death record

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for a refresh of the national drugs strategy as drug-related deaths hit an all-time high.

There were 934 drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2017, 8% more than in 2016. This is the largest number of drug-related deaths record in Scotland since 1996.

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McArthur: Further delays on Orkney RET ‘unacceptable’

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has reacted angrily to confirmation by the new Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP that the introduction of cheaper ferry fares on Orkney routes will be further delayed, despite repeated promises, including from the First Minister.

Mr Matheson has said that he “cannot currently implement reduced fares on any of the routes to and from Orkney without the risk of legal challenge”. There is a disagreement between the Scottish Government and commercial operators.

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McArthur: Prison death inquests long overdue

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has written to the Lord Advocate seeking assurances that deaths in prisons are being properly investigated after it emerged that the cause of 67 deaths has yet to be determined by a mandatory fatal accident inquiry (FAI), including cases stretching back to 2014.

It is a legal obligation to complete an FAI into the 119 deaths that have occurred in prison custody since 2014.

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Scots don’t want to pay for Trump’s golf getaway

Commenting on concerns about the cost of policing Donald Trump’s visit to Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“The UK Government contributed to the policing costs for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles. It seems appropriate therefore that they take on a fair share of the cost this time of hosting one of the most internationally unpopular presidents of all time. One which they invited.

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Unhealthy weights “seriously strain” NHS

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“Obesity puts a serious strain on our NHS. Moves to tackle the stubborn Scottish diet, curb our nation’s love of fatty, salty and sugary foods and discourage multi-buys are good news.

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“Seismic shift” in mental health policy required

Responding to the news that the number of students at Scottish universities seeking counselling has almost doubled in the last five years, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“It couldn’t be clearer that the mental health of Scotland’s young people requires urgent attention. The new Mental Health Minister must act swiftly to get services up to scratch.

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Trump visit will be "most expensive round of golf in history"

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today branded Donald Trump's visit "the most expensive round of golf in history" as stand-in Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone suggested that the visit could require 5,000 officers and cost Police Scotland £5m.

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