New Covid ID regulations reveal "tinpot authoritarians" in the SNP

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP had today warned that the Scottish Government are preparing to expand the use of Covid ID cards in the future, with the government claiming there would be advantages in extending it to more sectors. 

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Covid inquiry "must be rooted in victim's stories"

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today said that the forthcoming judge-led inquiry into the handling of the Covid crisis must be rooted in victim's stories and warned that it must not be allowed to run for years or lessons will be lost.

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NHS on emergency footing until March 2022

Responding to the announcement from the Health Secretary that the NHS will remain on an emergency footing until 31 March 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"This is clear evidence that NHS and care services are ill prepared to tackle winter workloads.

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Chamberlain: We would work with Gordon Brown to reform the UK

Responding to Keir Starmer’s announcement that Gordon Brown will lead a commission on the union, Scottish Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP said: 

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Wishart calls for new Shetland hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health calling for a new hospital in Shetland. In her letter Ms Wishart asked the Cabinet Secretary to indicate ‘when Shetland will have a new-build hospital fit for the 21st century.’

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Cole-Hamilton presses FM to abandon Covid ID cards

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today pressed the First Minister to abandon her plan for Covid ID cards.

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Number of hospital beds drops 7% on Nicola Sturgeon's watch

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today accused Nicola Sturgeon of making "wildly unrealistic" claims about NHS capacity as new figures revealed that since she became First Minister the number of available hospital beds has fallen by 7%.

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McArthur calls for 21st century police force

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that Police Scotland must be transformed into a 21st century police force after new figures revealed that recorded cyber-crime doubled in the past twelve months.

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Extreme waiting times are the SNP’s new normal

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and Health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for an independent inquiry into unnecessary deaths caused by the waiting times crisis, as new data published today shows that more than a quarter of patients attending A&E continue to wait longer than the SNP’s four-hour target.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for new actions to fix fast fashion

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for new actions to “fix fast fashion” in Scotland, as part of the move towards a circular economy.

The proposals form the latest instalment in Mr Cole-Hamilton's plan to offer "new hope for the climate emergency" in the run up to COP26.

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