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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Rennie: Finance Secretary must stop dodging question on cuts

Speaking in response to the Finance Secretary’s statement on the government’s financial strategy, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

“The Finance Secretary’s refusal to be straight with people is a mistake.

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Police estate pictures reveal “disgraceful and embarrassing” working conditions

Speaking after the Scottish Police Federation presented the Justice Sub-Committee with photos of dilapidated police stations and equipment, including leaking pipes and roofs, moulding walls, parcel-taped wiring and broken seat-belts, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

“The harsh realities of years of underfunding have been laid bare in these latest pictures.  Parts of the police estate are in a dire condition and that is putting the safety and wellbeing of officers, staff and ultimately the public at risk.

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Rennie: Constitutional confusion holding back Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that “constitutional confusion” is holding the country back from fixing health and education, as the Scottish Government outlined plans for another independence referendum.

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Rennie comments on Prime Minister setting departure date

Speaking in response to the announcement from the Prime Minister, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

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“Thinly spread” officers struggling with legacy of police and fire reform

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that police and fire reform has failed to deliver promised savings or significantly improve services as a damning new report warns of police and fire service staff thinly spread and equipped with ageing and unreliable equipment.

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Rennie: Sturgeon wants to pile chaos on chaos

Speaking ahead of the publication of the Scottish Government’s bill on another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Highest ever drug-related hospital stays

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the SNP Government must act now to revise its national drugs strategy after drug-related hospitalisations hit an all-time high.  

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Cole-Hamilton: 200k Treatment Time Guarantee breaches a “shameful milestone”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the Scottish Government had reached a “shameful milestone” after the number of times the First Minister’s Treatment Time law has been breached surpassed 200,000.

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Rennie on EU citizens denied the right to vote

Responding to reports that EU citizens are being turned away from polling stations and denied a vote, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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