Cole-Hamilton calls for NHS Staff Assembly to plan future of health services

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for a new NHS Staff Assembly to allow NHS staff to share their views, best practices, and negative aspects of their daily jobs, as part of his New Hope for Health series.

The NHS Staff Assembly, which would function like a citizens’ assembly, will provide an effective forum for staff to be heard by policy makers and contribute to the creation of targeted solutions to their issues and needs. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Budget falls short on long Covid, social care and climate change

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today criticised the Scottish budget, highlighting key failures in areas where his party has been pushing for action including long Covid, social care and climate change.

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Nursing vacancies up almost 20% in just 3 months

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today condemned the Health Secretary's handling of workforce planning and called for an urgent Burnout Prevention Strategy for staff after new figures revealed that the number of nursing and midwifery vacancies has risen by almost 20% in just 3 months.

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Analysis shows 265,000 operations lost to Covid

New Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis has shown that 265,000 scheduled operations have now been lost to the pandemic and the party has called for an urgent new Burnout Prevention Strategy for NHS staff as the backlog continues to grow.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for new permanent vaccine workforce

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to offer new hope for Scotland’s vaccination effort as he proposed “jobs giving jabs” and the creation of a new permanent vaccination workforce.

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Cole-Hamilton comments on vaccine booster chaos

Responding to reports of patients being turned away from booster vaccination appointments because they have had their second dose less than 24 weeks ago, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Government must take cancer fight to deprived areas

New Public Health Scotland figures published today show cancer mortality rates were 78% higher in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived. The most deprived areas have incidence rates that are 34% higher than the least deprived areas. 

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Cole-Hamilton: Tens of thousands waiting on tests and treatment “need new hope”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients and NHS staff desperately “need new hope” after statistics revealed that 126,000 people are waiting for key diagnostic tests and waiting lists are getting much worse. 

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Rennie attacks "national shame" as homeless deaths rise

Responding to new figures published by National Records of Scotland showing that an estimated 256 people died while experiencing homelessness in Scotland in 2020, an increase of 40 deaths when compared to the previous year, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

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GPs still struggling to recruit after decade of SNP neglect

Responding to today's funding package for GPs, health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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