McArthur presses Health Secretary over NHS dentistry crisis

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur has today (Wednesday) pressed the Health Secretary to drop plans to end emergency funding to NHS dental services.

Last month, Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf wrote to all NHS dental teams confirming that all emergency support will be withdrawn by 1 April 2022.  During an exchange in the Scottish Parliament chamber, Mr McArthur called on Mr Yousaf to "think again".

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NHS dentistry could cease to exist under SNP

Responding to the embargoed BDA press release which likens SNP plans for the service to being "shackled to a corpse" and warns that Humza Yousaf could be "the man who killed NHS dentistry", Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Minister must make social care packages easier to access

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to stop their centralisation mission and get to grip with the social care crisis on the ground, as new figures show increases in the number of delayed discharges from hospital.

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New analysis shows quarter million operations lost to Covid

New Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis has shown that more than 250,000 scheduled operations have now been lost to the pandemic and the party has warned that the backlog is still growing as the “flimsy” NHS Recovery Plan fails to make an impact.

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Waiting times crisis “not safe”

The number of people being seen in A&E within the target time has dropped below 70% for the first time since this publication began.

Public Health Scotland data shows that in the week ending 24 October 2021, just 69.6% of people were seen within the target of four hours. Scotland-wide, this amounted to almost two thousand people (1,948) waiting more than 8 hours to be seen.

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Lib Dems call for stop to ministerial takeover of care services as consultation closes

As the Scottish Government consultation on proposals for a ministerial takeover of care services closes today, Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for a halt to the SNP’s “centralisation mission” in social care.

The party’s alternative plan to deliver reform of adult social care would see much needed changes, without the yet more power and control being granted to Scottish ministers. It includes new national entitlements to drive up the quality of care for users and prioritising the introduction of new national fair work standards for staff to improve pay, conditions and career progression. 

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SNP targets COP26 with “distracting and divisive” independence advert

Responding to the newly released advert from the SNP promoting independence at the outset of COP26, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: COP26 must offer the world and Scotland new hope

Speaking on the eve of the COP26 conference kicking off in Glasgow, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said the event must offer the world new hope for the climate emergency and finally cause the Scottish Government to act on a scale that will bring an end to its years of missed targets and opportunities.

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Rennie: childcare should not be postcode lottery prize

Commenting on the extension of guaranteed childcare funding for children who defer their Primary 1 start date to five more local authority areas from 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie said: 

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Cole-Hamilton calls for new funding to protect against the "Scottish Monsoon"

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for a new fund to protect communities from extreme weather as heavy rain batters Scotland on the eve of COP26.

Homes have been evacuated, infrastructure has been washed away, roads flooded and trains have been cancelled.

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