Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today unveiled a series of proposals to prevent burnout among NHS staff amid warnings that they are set to face the hardest winter in the health service’s history.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today commented on a recent survey on students’ mental health showing that almost three-quarters of students reported low wellbeing.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the climate emergency Liam McArthur has today pressed the SNP/Green government to provide a clear timetable and adequate information regarding the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).Read more
Responding to the First Minister’s Covid statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP called for enhanced lateral flow testing to replace ineffective Covid ID cards in light of the emerging evidence that COP26 was staged safely without them.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today called for a step change in social care provision after new figures showed the “eye-watering” cost of delayed discharges to the NHS.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton today reiterated his call for extra staff support and an independent inquiry into avoidable deaths connected to the emergency care crisis, after new A&E figures showed thousands more people enduring long waits.Read more
At the start of Alcohol Awareness Week, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for a 15p increase in the minimum unit price to 65p as he warned that Scottish Government inaction had allowed inflation to erode the impact of the original policy.
A Public Health Scotland report into alcohol sales published in June, showed that in 2019:
24% of all adults reported exceeding the safe weekly drinking guideline of 14 units a week, down from just over a third (34%) in 2003.
1,020 deaths were described as "wholly attributable to alcohol"
23,685 people were admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis, with some requiring more than one stay in hospital.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton today warned Covid ID cards are a “deliberate diversion” after a new poll conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showed that more than three quarters of hospitality and leisure firms are opposed to their extension.Read more
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today revealed new figures showing the traumatic impact of the waiting times crisis on ambulance staff.
A Freedom of Information request received by Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed soaring mental health-related absences within the Scottish Ambulance Service.Read more
Responding to comments from UK policing minister Kit Malthouse reported in today’s Daily Mail, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the drugs emergency Ben Lawrie said:Read more