Capacity constraints cancel 600 operations in December

Responding to the news that 600 operations were cancelled in December for capacity or non-clinical reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

Hundreds of patients had their operations cancelled in December alone through no fault of their own.

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Rumbles: ScotRail improvement promises look “implausible”

Responding to the news that staff shortages have caused thousands of train cancellations since April 2018, rising to an average of 46 a day at the turn of the year, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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A&E targets missed for 18 months

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has demanded ministers “ease the strain” on our “weary” health service as new statistics reveal performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting time target has dropped to 88.2%, meaning the government has failed to meet its own target for 18 consecutive months.

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Cole-Hamilton: Thousands missing out on dementia support

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned thousands of people could be missing out on the dementia support they are entitled to, after new statistics showed a huge gap between its uptake and the number of people thought to be newly diagnosed.

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McArthur presses Justice Secretary over cover-up allegations

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today pressed the Scottish Government over plans for an investigation into Sunday Post allegations of mismanagement and a cover-up at the former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

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McArthur: Address overcrowding through tough community sentences and drug treatment orders

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today urged ministers to reduce prison overcrowding by investing in tough community sentences and drug treatment orders after new figures revealed a fall in the number of social work orders and reports.

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NHS workforce plan delayed again

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned that the Scottish Government's handling of NHS workforce planning is proceeding at a “snail’s pace” as the Health Secretary revealed this morning that the integrated health and social care workforce plan will be delayed once again.

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Rennie reveals Green-SNP budget cuts on social care for every council

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today published initial estimates of how the Scottish Budget’s £50million cut to adult social care will be applied across councils in Scotland.

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Lib Dems uncover “staggering” 8 year waits for families for Fatal Accident Inquiries

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today revealed families are currently waiting up to 8 years for a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the death of a loved one, saying it was “scandalous” that inquiries are still to be concluded into deaths that occurred in 2010/11.

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Rennie: Greens failed to get all the money that was on offer as £54 million is added to SNP rainy-day reserves

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that the Scottish Greens have signed up to a budget deal that pads out Government savings while forcing cuts to social care, as he revealed that £54 million of additional money made available by the UK Treasury will not be spent in the budget.

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