Patients waiting more than eight months for lifesaving HIV medication

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton has today pressed the Scottish Government to speed up the delivery of PrEP medication as he revealed that patients in the Lothians have waited more than 8 months to receive the medication which can stop you getting HIV. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Greens abandon environmentalism for nationalism

Responding to reports that the Scottish Greens would fight an election on a single issue, but that it is breaking up the UK rather than the climate emergency, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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One in eight stop driving to work as petrol prices soar

One in eight (13%) car owners say they’ve stopped driving to work because petrol prices have soared, new polling commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.  

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SNP must act in face of soaring police officer retirements

Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader and former police officer Wendy Chamberlain has today called on the Scottish Government to deliver a proper pay deal for officers and tackle soaring numbers of officers considering retirement, after Police Scotland have confirmed that the number of planned retirements is 69% above normal retirement levels when compared with the five-year average.   

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Scot Gov spinning like a washing machine over cost-of-living support

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie has today said that the Scottish Government is “spinning like a washing machine” after a blog published by the independent Scottish Parliament information centre (SPICe) criticised the government for including a host of measures which long pre-date the current crisis in a list of actions it was taking to tackle the present cost-of-living crisis.

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Rennie: SNP mismanaging education and leaving children in care behind

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to combat the low numbers of pupils in care achieving positive educational outcomes, after new figures reveal that less than 50% of pupils in care achieve standard qualifications in writing and numeracy.  

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Cole-Hamilton: 1,330 drug deaths must compel government to go “much further and faster”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today demanded specialist drug and alcohol commissions and for the Scottish Government to call in the expertise of the World Health Organisation after new figures showed 1,330 people died drug-related deaths in 2021 – just 9 deaths fewer than in 2020.

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Cole-Hamilton: SNP respond to Covid by cramping refugees on cruise ship

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today reiterated his call for the Health Secretary to set out the detail of the government's winter Covid planning as new figures showed that in the week ending 24 July 2022, 1 in 15 Scots are still testing positive for Covid-19 and 82 people died from the virus. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Drug deaths will be FM's disgraceful legacy

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has called on the Scottish Government to take urgent and decisive action to combat drugs deaths on the eve of the publication of new figures revealing annual drugs deaths in Scotland.   

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Scottish Government must step up to the plate to avert school closures

Responding to Jenny Gilruth's interview on Good Morning Scotland and the prospect of council strikes which could lead to school closures in a series of local authorities across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:  

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