A&E performance plummets

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that the Scottish Government needs to give NHS staff the resources they urgently need to tackle patients’ “winter woes” as new figures reveal A&E performance has “plummeted” to its lowest level since the Beast from the East. 

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Swinson: Government action on baby leave for MPs long overdue

Responding to the motion tabled by the Government to introduce proxy voting, Jo Swinson, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

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Which? analysis shows four of the worst five areas for broadband speed are in Scotland

New analysis from Which? has today revealed that several of Scotland’s rural and island local authorities remain at the bottom of the table for internet speeds, including Orkney, Shetland and Argyll and Bute.

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Rennie: Cynical nationalists stoke independence to distract from crises

Responding to a series of comments from senior nationalist politicians calling for moves towards a second independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for all public bodies to record mental health absences

On “Blue Monday” Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has called for non-departmental public bodies such as Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to record staff absences due to mental ill health, as part of a new push to boost mental health in the workplace.

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Rennie calls for Article 50 extension and People's Vote

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for Article 50 to be extended and for the Government to commit to a People's Vote.

Mr Rennie said:

“Parliament has spoken and Theresa May’s deal is dead. A no deal Brexit would be devastating, with British exports snarled up in bureaucratic form filling and potentially shortages of food and medicine.

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McArthur reveals fire service appliances unavailable due to staffing

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today revealed figures indicating that the equivalent of 24 operational appliances are on average unavailable to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) due to staffing.

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McArthur comments on launch of Polmont mental health review

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that a leading Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist will oversee the independent expert review of mental health and wellbeing support for young people in custody, Scottish Liberal Democrats justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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Understaffing cancer services will “jeopardise care”

Responding to the publication of the Cross Party Group on Cancer‘s review of the Scottish Government’s five year plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“This report raises some really alarming questions about the future of cancer care in Scotland.

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Children’s Commissioner says 12 is not an acceptable age of criminal responsibility

Responding to the evidence given by the Children’s Commissioner to the Equality & Human Rights Committee this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has pressed for the Scottish Government to back his amendments to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least meet the new international minimum of 14, and possibly go higher to 16.

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