Following the ministerial statement on widening access, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has said it remains unclear what student support changes will come into force in time for the next academic year and whether these will repair years of cuts to bursaries and grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.
Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) figures show that since the SNP entered government the value of student loans issued annually has increased 175% while the sum of bursaries and grants has fallen by a third.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned cancelled operations place immense strain on patients and staff after new statistics confirmed that the number cancelled for non-clinicial reasons hit twice the normal rate during January.
ISD Scotland recorded 1249 cancelled operations in January 2018, compared to 704 a year earlier. Almost 1 in 6 patients in the Highlands and Borders found their operations cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that ministers are “not just treading water on mental health, they’re sinking” after new statistics showed performance against the child and adolescent waiting time target plunging to a new record low and more than 100 children still waiting over a year for treatment.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the results of the official survey of general practice showed the damage inflicted by years of SNP neglect.
The Primary Care Workforce Survey showed:
- a "consistent decline" in the number of full-time GPs;
- a quarter of practices reporting current GP vacancies;
- an increase in the already soaring rate of GP vacancies, with a "large proportion" unfilled for over 6 months;
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on employers to ensure that employees who were unable to get to work during the recent snow storms do not lose out, after reports suggested that a number of employers including health boards were threatening employees with a loss of wages.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the Scottish Government is presiding over a GP crisis after new research uncovered posts vacant for 2 years and others advertised 8 times without success.Read more
Responding to Theresa May's Mansion House speech, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:Read more
Responding to Ruth Davidson’s appearance on Good Morning Scotland today, where she confirmed Scottish MPs would vote with the UK Government on Brexit as long as the Prime Minister "fulfils her principles", Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott said:
“Ruth Davidson talks about principles but her party don’t appear to have any beyond desperately clinging to power.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that the Scottish Government must listen to NHS staff as a new survey showed just one in three staff responded positively to the statement "there are enough staff for me to do my job properly"
Tens of thousands of NHS and social care staff took part in the survey.Read more
Responding to the new report into the how the SPA is operating, conducted by SPA Deputy Chair Nicola Marchant and Western Isles Council Chief Executive Malcolm Burr, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:
"The Scottish Police Authority has made a catalogue of bad decisions at the expense of police officers, staff and the public they serve. But they certainly aren't the only ones at fault in the short but checkered history of police centralisation.Read more