Cole-Hamilton: Sick Kids saga has many more months ahead

Responding to the news that the opening of the delayed Sick Kids has now been delayed from the autumn to 25th January 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

“This update reveals the saga of the Sick Kids hospital move is set to drag on for many more months.

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FM needs to come up with answers on quarantine and test and protect

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today pressed the First Minister over whether the test and protect system is failing and whether quarantine failures had let to recent outbreaks.

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Scottish Government has received additional £6.5bn in pandemic support

Commenting on this morning's report from the Scottish Fiscal Commission which reveals that the Scottish Government has received some £6.5Bn in additional funding to tackle the economic impact of the pandemic, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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CAMHS queue rises to over 1,500 children waiting over a year​

Responding to new child and adolescent mental health waiting times statistics for April to June showing a record 1,520 children waiting more than year for treatment, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Edinburgh Lib Dems select former Royal Marine to fight Edinburgh Central for Holyrood 2021

Following a poll of members in the constituency, Bruce Wilson has been selected as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the Edinburgh Central seat in 2021. 

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Rennie comments on Ed Davey's election as leader

Speaking after it was announced that Ed Davey has been elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"Ed Davey will be a great new leader of the Liberal Democrats. He has the determination to get us a winning again. 

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Refusal to refund childcare costs a "slap in the face" for families

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today revealed that the Scottish Government has refused to reimburse the parents who have been penalised for exercising their right to defer their child starting primary school.

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Sick Kids project - "a catastrophic episode start to finish"

Responding to new reports that a spreadsheet error set in motion a series of events that delayed the opening of the Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“Patients and the public will be dismayed to see the colossal costs of the Sick Kids ghost hospital continue to mount up.

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Wishart: School mask policy has been slow off the ground and confusingly presented

Speaking after the Education Secretary answered questions on the government's new policy to make mask wearing mandatory in Scottish secondary schools from Monday, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart commented: 

"The Education Secretary was slow off the mark with this policy and the reality on the ground has been outpacing his guidance. Schools took the initiative on face coverings between classrooms and on buses before ministers did.  

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Cole-Hamilton: Health Sec must get to the root of the test booking problem urgently

Responding to reports of faults with the coronavirus test-booking system, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

“This is an extremely concerning development. We know how important it is to test quickly and contain the spread of this virus.  

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