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“Pull out all the stops” to guarantee childcare rollout

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has demanded the government “pull out all the stops” to ensure high quality childcare is in place by the end of the summer as promised, after Audit Scotland reported serious concerns about nursery infrastructure and staff recruitment.

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Record health and social care delays build pressure on NHS

Responding to the news that 1,314 people were stuck in hospital for health and social care reasons in January, the highest number recorded by the census since the current system began in 2016, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Domestic abuse bill needs strengthened to support all survivors

Responding to the Government’s publication of the Domestic Abuse Bill, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Put strained A&E departments on a steady footing now

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target fell last week, with just 83.7% of patients treated within 4 hours, 928 patients waiting over 8 hours and 333 patients waiting over 12 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“The next few months could be very difficult for staff in the NHS across Scotland.

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Cole-Hamilton: Record 861 young people wait over a year for CAMHS

Responding to the news that just 66.4% of children and young people are being seen within 18 weeks for mental health treatment, with a record 861 children and young people waiting over a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“The SNP Government is failing a generation of young people. The consequences of waiting anything up to two years for treatment are devastating. Problems that start small are becoming crises as help arrives too late. 

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Whistleblower reveals government-backed non-profit energy firm didn’t bill customers

Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie has today said that the clock is ticking to prevent the Scottish Government’s not-for-profit energy company from repeating the mistakes of the past as a whistleblower revealed that a previous Scottish Government-backed venture failed to bill its customers and was “doomed to fail”.

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Exiting Erasmus would be a disaster for Scottish students and universities

Following the publication of the Government’s Brexit negotiating strategy this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP  has warned that abandoning the Erasmus scheme will be a disaster for Scottish students and universities.

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Cole-Hamilton: Drug consumption rooms are a solution not a distraction

Responding to Police and Crime Minister, Kit Malthouse’s comments on drug consumption rooms on Good Morning Scotland today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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SNP bluster exposed as police chief and former SPA chair warn legislation has failed

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has repeated his calls for the Justice Secretary to commission an independent review of Scottish policing. This follows comments made by former Scottish Police Authority chair, Prof Susan Deacon during an appearance before the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee this morning.

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