Rennie: Government made care home challenge harder

Commenting on the publication of the delayed report into discharges from hospitals to care homes, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said;

"What has happened in Scottish care homes is the biggest tragedy.

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Four nations summit needed to keep families safe at Christmas, liberals warn

Liberal Democrats in Scotland, Wales and England have joined with the Alliance Party in calling for a “four nations summit” to consider a united approach to keeping family gatherings safe during the festive season.

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Rennie calls for fairness, hope and clarity in Covid framework

Commenting on this afternoon’s debate on the Scottish Government’s new Covid-19 strategic framework, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:  

“We have worked constructively through the pandemic and will continue to do so. 

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Rubbish recycling figures show much work needs to be done

New figures released by SEPA today show that recycling in Scotland increased by a meagre 0.2%. Meanwhile the total amount of household waste generated increased by 1%, by a total of 17 thousand tonnes.

Scottish Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Rebecca Bell said:

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Public purse “exposed” by failure to clarify harassment policy details

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today criticised the Scottish Government’s “frankly astonishing” failure to resolve conflicting interpretations around paragraph 10 of the Complaints Handling Procedure, which led to the Government conceding the judicial review led by Alex Salmond at a cost of over half a million pounds to the public purse.  

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Scandal of drug hospitalisations trebling in two decades

Responding to the news that the rate of drug-related hospital stays trebled from 73 per 100,000 population in 1996/97 to 260 stays per 100,000 in 2018/19, Scottish Liberal Democrat public health spokesperson Rosemary Bruce said: 

“It’s nothing short of a scandal that drug-related hospital stays have skyrocketed over the last two decades. 

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Rennie comments on reports BiFab faces collapse

Responding to reports in the Sunday Herald that up to £52.4m of taxpayers money could be lost as BiFab faces collapse, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

“This has been an expensive publicity stunt from an SNP Government that promised Scotland would be the Saudi Arabia of renewables but has just watched as contracts for wind farms off the Scottish coast have been won by countries on the other side of the globe.

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Rennie denounces anti-English rhetoric

Responding to the First Minister’s comments at yesterday’s briefing claiming that Scotland had almost reached elimination before the virus was ‘seeded’ by travellers from elsewhere, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

“Anti-English rhetoric has reared its ugly head at different points throughout this crisis and there is no place for it.

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McArthur to lead debate calling for student paramedic bursary support

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow, calling again on the Scottish Government to provide bursary support to student paramedics.

Student paramedics are now required as part of their training to undertake around 2,500 hours of shift work, similar to student nurses and midwives. Unlike the latter, however, student paramedics are not eligible for bursary support, only loans that are repayable and often inadequate to cover living costs. This is despite Ministers acknowledging the critical workforce challenges currently facing the sector.

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Lib Dems in the Lords fight to put Internal Market Bill on ice until four nations reach agreements

Scottish Liberal Democrat Lords are today leading the fight to safeguard the devolution settlement by presenting a major amendment to the Internal Market Bill, aimed at breaking the “constitutional stand-off”, as the House of Lords begins detailed consideration of the Bill.  

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