Cole-Hamilton: Two years on, still no falls strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today marked the publication of the Scottish Government’s report A Fairer Scotland for Older People, by calling on ministers to speed up progress on delivering a falls and fracture prevention strategy, more than two years after Parliament backed the Liberal Democrat proposal.

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Justice Secretary dodging tough questions over “inadequate” police fleet

Speaking after he pressed the Justice Secretary on a Liberal Democrat freedom of information request which revealed that more than 250 police cars are over a decade old and a quarter of the fleet has clocked up over 100,000 miles, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: “Disgraceful” number of patients stuck in hospital

Responding to new ISD statistics which reveal the number of patients stuck in hospital on delayed discharge, due to health and social care problems, was 8% higher in February than at the same time last year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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McArthur: Prison deaths report shows families being failed

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today demanded immediate action to improve mental health in prisons, following the publication of the Deaths in Custody report by Aamer Anwar and the family of Katie Allan.

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Schools warn teacher shortages curtailing pupil subject choice

Commenting on a survey of schools undertaken by the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee, in which 72 per cent of respondents said that a lack of specialist teachers is constraining subject choice at S4 level either “a great deal” or to “some extent”, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: 571 “distressing” operation cancellations in February

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Health Secretary to ease NHS pressures after new statistics revealed 571 operations were cancelled in February alone for non-clinical or capacity reasons.

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Cole-Hamilton: Breast cancer treatment must be consistent and effective

Commenting on a new report from Healthcare Improvement Scotland criticising NHS Tayside after breast cancer patients were given lower doses of chemotherapy than patients elsewhere in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Support councils to deliver Frank's Law as intended

Commenting as "Frank's Law", providing free personal care for under 65s, comes into force Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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McArthur: SNP must respond to police’s investment needs

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said SNP ministers must ensure Police Scotland can afford the kit it needs, after revealing Police Scotland are using more than 250 vehicles which are over a decade old while hundreds more have in excess of 100,000 miles on the clock.

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McArthur appeals for tolerance as SPA highlights hostility towards politicians

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today appealed for tolerance and reiterated the case for a people’s vote, after hostility towards politicians was raised by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board.

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