Rennie calls for "a new set of national bodies" for education system

Responding to reports in today's Herald that SQA staff could go on strike, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP said:

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Lib Dems to lead first parliamentary debate on long Covid support

On Tuesday 9th November, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton will lead the first Scottish Parliament debate on long Covid, as new figures published this week show 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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Launch an investigation into PMs Goldsmith holiday, say Lib Dems

Responding to the news that the Prime Minister will not be registering his holiday at Zac Goldsmith's Marbella villa in the register of members interests, the Liberal Democrats have said the Independent Standards Commissioner should urgently launch an investigation. 

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Successive SNP Health Secretaries have not kept their word on GP numbers

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged the Scottish Government to boost GP numbers after a new survey from the BMA showed that four out of five GP practices say they are failing to keep up with demand from patients.

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Glasgow is treated like a tip on SNP's watch

Commenting on reports from the GMB Union that Glasgow City Council have been dumping waste in a city centre car park, which was later removed by a private contractor, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

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Long Covid patient list hits 92,000

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today accused the Health Secretary of abandoning long Covid sufferers as new figures published today show the number of people reporting that they had experienced the condition by 2 October soared to 92,000, up 13,000 on the previous month. 

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Deputy First Minister admits support for Covid ID is blind faith

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today responded with incredulity to comments from the Deputy First Minister John Swinney in which he conceded there is no way to know whether the coronavirus vaccine passport scheme is working. 

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Cole-Hamilton calls for extra support for nurses

Responding to a new analysis by the Royal College of Nursing Scotland showing that the shortfall in Registered Nurses in Scotland has risen to a record high, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“After 14 years of SNP neglect and a poorly managed pandemic, it comes to no surprise that overworked nurses are deciding to leave.

“The NHS is in crisis, and it is about to go through its worst winter ever. Without enough nurses the NHS as a whole will struggle, and patients will suffer. 

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Cole-Hamilton urges Government to end deadlock on drug consumption rooms

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today urged the Scottish Government to deliver workable proposals on drug consumption rooms.

It comes after the Lord Advocate told the Scottish Parliament’s Criminal Justice Committee that she could consider a “precise” and “specific” proposal for a drugs consumption room in Scotland.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Owen Paterson vote: Tory MPs rewriting rules to protect one of their own

Responding to Conservative MPs voting for an amendment to prevent Owen Paterson from being suspended despite him having been found to have misused his position, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP said:  

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