Rennie uncovers 300 people waited a week for Test & Protect interview after positive test

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today said the Scottish Government “must ramp up the testing and tracing capacity to meet the challenge of the new strain of the virus” after uncovering that in the second wave of the virus Test and Protect regularly took up to a week and longer to interview people after logging their positive test result.

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Willie Rennie’s Christmas Message 2020

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:  

“I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas after a very tough year. 

“Many of us are not with our loved ones this year. We’re separated for the sake of safety, embracing new technologies as a way to be together and celebrating in different ways to usual.  

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Children needing mental health help wait 2.5 million days more than they should

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today expressed upset at new figures which reveal young people across Scotland have collectively endured waits of 2.5 million days over and above the 18-week waiting time target for mental health treatment.

Freedom of information requests submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats to each health board in Scotland revealed children and young people awaiting CAMHS treatment waited a cumulative total of more 2,486,265 days on top of the target.

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Lib Dems offer to work with Labour to reform UK

Responding to today's speech from Keir Starmer on devolution, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"Liberal Democrats worked with Labour as well as wider society to deliver devolution and a Scottish parliament and we are once again reaching out to strengthen and reform the United Kingdom.

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Sturgeon earns stats agency rebuke over care home figures

The Office for Statistics Regulation has written to the Scottish Government to rebuke the First Minister for her use of figures on care home visiting at First Minister's Questions which the agency described as "a very loose approximation based on incomplete data".

Responding to a question from Mr Rennie on 17 September, the First Minister said that "around 40 per cent of the care homes around the country now allow and enable indoor visiting." 

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Police Scotland should resist pressure to adopt a heavy handed approach

Commenting on the Chief Constable's statement that police presence at the border will be increased, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The police have been rightly commended for their proportionate response to the travel restrictions. The guidance has a range of exemptions so we need the police to act in a sensitive and helpful fashion.  

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Lib Dems open to working with Labour on a third way forward

Speaking ahead of Keir Starmer's speech on devolution on Monday, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“It’s good that Labour are putting their weight behind substantial reform of the United Kingdom. It’s means that the momentum towards a third way is growing.

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Rennie responds to FM statement on Christmas restrictions

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“When the science speaks in such stark terms, the leadership of the country must listen and act. Shutting down mainland Scotland for three weeks will have a great impact on people’s lives, but it is the response that is necessary to match this new threat.

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Scot Gov new year's resolution should be needle-sharp focus on economic recovery

Responding to the Auditor General's report on the Scottish Government's consolidated accounts, which highlights the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as well as government loans of £3.5 million to Prestwick Airport and £9 million to Burntisland Fabrications Ltd which were written down in the 2019/20 financial year, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"These accounts show the value of working together across the United Kingdom to share the risk and challenge of the pandemic.

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900 mistakenly told to isolate risk missing Christmas

Commenting on reports that 900 people were mistakenly told to self-isolate after a Protect Scotland app error, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
 
"This mistake cancelled a lot of people's Christmases' and will not realise the error until it's too late. They may be isolating when they could be celebrating.
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