Scotland sees smallest increase in nurse numbers

Commenting on new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council showing that Scotland has had the smallest increase in the number of nurses and midwives in any UK nation over the past twelve months, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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FM needs to keep her eye on the cost-of-living crisis

Commenting on the First Minister discussing the constitutional future of the UK with US officials, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Secretive SNP twisting freedom of information legislation

Responding to the Scottish Information Commissioner Daren Fitzhenry’s new report into Scottish Government freedom of information handling, which found “a number of areas where performance and practice fell short” and “evidence of significant and systemic failures to comply with case file records management requirements”, Willie Rennie MSP said: 

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Cole-Hamilton warns that Tory rehab bill must be more than a fig leaf

Responding to the Scottish Conservatives lodging their right to recovery bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for action as A&E figures slip backwards

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for action on the emergency care crisis from the SNP/Green Government after the latest figures show the number seen within the target 4 hours fell to 69.6%, well below the targeted 95%.

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Rennie: Latest figures show census going at “snail’s pace”

Responding to reports that Scotland’s census uptake has increased barely 5% to 82.6% since the Scottish Government announced a short extension last month, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP commented:

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Reported rail cuts would see passengers pay the price for Scottish Government "dithering"

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Cost of Living: Conservatives blaming people for not earning enough

Responding to a UK Government minister saying people should take on more hours or get a new job to deal with the cost of living crisis, Liberal Democrat Work & Pensions Spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP said:

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Rennie responds to reports of fresh ferry faults

Responding to the reports in the Herald on Sunday that the number of faults outstanding on the ferries at Fergusons increased from 175 in January to 237 in March, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton challenges bosses’ enormous bonuses amid 10,000 raw sewage releases

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today demanded to know why Scottish Water bosses are receiving bonuses of up to £92,000 each at the same time as the government-owned company released raw sewage into Scotland’s rivers over 10,000 times.

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