A&E figures are clear sign of SNP failure

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today reiterated his call for extra staff support and an independent inquiry into avoidable deaths connected to the emergency care crisis, after new A&E figures showed thousands more people enduring long waits.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for 65p per unit minimum price

At the start of Alcohol Awareness Week, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for a 15p increase in the minimum unit price to 65p as he warned that Scottish Government inaction had allowed inflation to erode the impact of the original policy.

A Public Health Scotland report into alcohol sales published in June, showed that in 2019:

  • 24% of all adults reported exceeding the safe weekly drinking guideline of 14 units a week, down from just over a third (34%) in 2003.

  • 1,020 deaths were described as "wholly attributable to alcohol"

  • 23,685 people were admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis, with some requiring more than one stay in hospital.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Covid ID cards harm small businesses

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton today warned Covid ID cards are a “deliberate diversion” after a new poll conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showed that more than three quarters of hospitality and leisure firms are opposed to their extension. 

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Ambulance staff mental health absences up 300%

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed new figures showing the traumatic impact of the waiting times crisis on ambulance staff.

A Freedom of Information request received by Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed soaring mental health-related absences within the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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Lib Dems respond to Malthouse drugs policing comments

Responding to comments from UK policing minister Kit Malthouse reported in today’s Daily Mail, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the drugs emergency Ben Lawrie said:

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Cole-Hamilton urges the government to leave fantasyland and provide data on Covid IDs

Responding to the Deputy First Minister’s claims on the effectiveness of Covid IDs on today’s (November 10) Good Morning Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"John Swinney is picking and choosing his evidence on Covid IDs. The reality is, there is not a shred of evidence that his Covid ID scheme is keeping anyone safe.

“The Government is asking the public to blindly believe their words without giving them any proof. This is not fantasyland, their words must be backed by data and facts. 

"Covid IDs are an unworkable and expensive solution that is hurting businesses, while lulling customers who do jump through the government's hoops into a false sense of security.

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Cole-Hamilton reacts to another ambulance waiting times death

Responding to reports in the Daily Record that a ​55-year-old man died after waiting five hours for an ambulance, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“My condolences ​go to the family and friends of Richard Brown. Stories like this are excruciating and, in some cases, fatal. Current waiting times clearly show that the ambulance service needs an immediate and transformational injection of resources and capacity.

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Nicola Sturgeon is a roadblock to progress on transport emissions

Speaking as COP26 prepares to discuss transport (Wednesday 10th November), Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has declared that the First Minister is a roadblock to progress on transport emissions, as he highlighted headline Liberal Democrat policies to counter SNP failings.

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Cole-Hamilton leads first parliamentary debate on long Covid

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has this afternoon lead the first Scottish Parliament debate on long Covid after new figures published this week showed the number of people reporting experiencing the condition on 2 October soared to 92,000, up 13,000 on the previous month.  

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SNP already plotting to expand Covid ID cards

Responding to the Deputy First Minister's Covid statement in which he announced that the Scottish Government is considering whether to extend the Covid certification scheme to further indoor hospitality and leisure settings, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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