Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP, has today said that the mental health of police officers and staff must no longer be “sidelined” as he revealed that in just two and half years, more than 165,000 days of officer and staff time have been lost to mental ill health.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned malicious calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service are putting lives at risk as new figures revealed that since 2013 there have been more than 4,000 malicious emergency calls requiring almost 1,700 hours of staff time.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas after another tough year. Looking back to the restrictions of last Christmas, our army of vaccinators have given us a more normal festive season this year, but Covid is still very much part of our lives.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Paul McGarry has today demanded the SNP set out fresh plans to tackle homelessness, as research undertaken by the party revealed that there were 13,575 households in temporary accommodation last Christmas.Read more
Speaking at today’s (December 23rd) First Minister's Questions, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton called for the Government to deliver an emergency plan to keep care staff and residents safe over Christmas and beyond as shortages take their toll.
Yesterday social work directors admitted that lives could be lost because of the shortage of home carers and that they are “rationing care” like “never before". Glasgow City Council invited staff such as nursery teachers to undertake paid shifts in care homes to alleviate shortages.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:Read more
New figures published by Scottish Ambulance reveal that the average time ambulances spend waiting to offload patients at accident-and-emergency (A&E) departments in Scotland continued to increase in the past month, leading Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson to urgently call for more funds for the ambulance service.Read more
Responding to the recent publication of the Carers Census, which highlighted that only 29% of carers were given a short break or respite Willie Rennie MSP has today urged the Government to intensify their efforts in offering time off to unpaid carers.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said patients and NHS staff desperately “need new hope” and an urgent “Burnout Prevention Plan” after newly published statistics showed only 69.7% patients were seen within 4 hours.Read more
Speaking ahead of a Scottish Government statement to Parliament on reports than sewage spilled into Scotland's waterways on more than 12,000 occasions in a single year, Scottish Liberal Democrat climate emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur said:Read more
Speaking ahead of the First Minister’s Covid statement on Tuesday afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie said:Read more