Cole-Hamilton responds to report on maternal mental health during Covid

Responding to a new report into perinatal experiences during Covid, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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SNP failing on NHS staffing as a third of cancers are only diagnosed in an emergency

Responding to research from Cancer Research UK showing that over a third of cancers in Scotland (38.5%) are being diagnosed through emergency routes like hospital A&E departments, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said: 

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Scotland facing £820 million National Insurance tax bombshell as cost-of-living crisis bites

  • Typical family in Scotland set to pay an extra £130 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost-of-living crunch hits.
  • Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with a £493m tax hit.
  • Lib Dems demand emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in pockets of struggling families.
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Cole-Hamilton: Delayed discharges up 57% in a year

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to stop their centralisation mission and get to grip with the social care crisis on the ground, as new figures show a 57% year-on-year increase in delayed discharges.

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Over 300,000 operations lost to Covid

New Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis has shown that more than 300,000 scheduled operations have now been lost to the pandemic and the party has called for urgent action as the backlog continues to grow.

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SNP A&E waiting times crisis continues to deepen

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today reiterated his call for an urgent inquiry into avoidable deaths caused by the crisis in emergency care.

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Parliamentary committee releases damning report on farming shortages

Scottish Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesperson Clare McLaren and Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael have responded to today’s report, released by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, on labour shortages in the food and farming sector, calling it a “damning” indictment of Conservative inaction. 

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Sunak must come clean on family tax affairs

Responding to the news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak's wife claims non-domicile tax status, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Scot Lib Dems respond to UK Government energy strategy

Responding to the publication of the UK government’s new energy strategy, Treasury spokesperson and MP for Edinburgh West Christine Jardine said:

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Only 42% of people with dementia get the support they are entitled to

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned over 10,000 people missed out on the dementia support they are entitled to, after statistics showed a widening gap between uptake and the number of people thought to be newly diagnosed.

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