NHS facing multi-billion shortfall

Commenting on a new report from Audit Scotland which warns that there is already a £1bn maintenance backlog and that health and social care funding could face a £1.8bn shortfall by 2023/24, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Rennie: Labour lacking leadership on independence

Responding to comments from Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman in which they once again refused to rule out the prospect of another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Only a fool would deny that the war on drugs has been a failure.

Commenting on the new report from the UK Parliament’s health and social care committee which calls for the UK Government to hold a consultation on the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton exposes failure of SNP waiting time improvement plan one year on

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today condemned the failure of the SNP’s Waiting Times Improvement Plan and warned that performance has actually deteriorated since the introduction of the recovery plan exactly one year ago.

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A&E weekly performance drops once more

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target has fallen to its lowest level since March 2018, with only 85.1% of patients treated within 4 hours compared to the 95% target and the most patients waiting over 8 and 12 hours since January, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Rennie comments on parliament recall

Speaking after news that the Scottish Parliament could be recalled on Thursday to consider a Legislative Consent Motion to enable Brexit legislation, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

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Carmichael: Scottish Conservative MPs must not risk splitting up UK

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, has issued an open letter to Scottish Conservative MPs calling on them to reject Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposal, which would create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. In the letter, Mr. Carmichael asks Scottish Conservatives to reaffirm their commitment to the political integrity of the UK.

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Swinson: PM must request extension to Article 50

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has demanded the Prime Minister "obey the law and send a letter asking for an extension to Article 50" following votes in the House of Commons today.

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Jamie Stone appointed to Scottish Affairs committee

Commenting on his appointment to the Scottish Affairs committee, Jamie Stone MP said:

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Railway staff should not have to fear Saturday night violence

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that rail staff should not have to fear violence as he revealed that the British Transport Police (BTP) have been called to more than 1,400 violent incidents directed at staff in the past five years.

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