Cole-Hamilton: Changes to health board leadership must be more than deckchair shuffling

Responding to a series of changes to health board leadership announced by the Health Secretary, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

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Lib Dems reveal 125,000 fly tipping reports only led to 43 PF referrals

Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Rebecca Bell has today called for people who dispose of waste illegally to “face the full force of the law”, after new research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed that despite 125,000 reported incidents of fly tipping, just 43 cases were referred to the Procurator Fiscal.

Freedom of information requests submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal there were 126,344 incidents of fly tipping reported to local authorities between 2016 and 2019. Only 43 cases were referred to the Procurator Fiscal or resulted in convictions. 

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Tory proposals to end free movement will make it harder to recruit teachers, nurses and doctors

Responding to the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee report which has advised against against a full points-based system for UK, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Huge inequalities in alcohol-related hospital admissions

Responding to new official statistics showing that people from the most deprived communities are over 4 times more likely to be admitted to hospital for alcohol-related issues compared to people from the wealthiest areas, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“These statistics show alcohol misuse is still affecting families across the country every day, but those in poorer communities are hit much harder. It is destroying lives on a terrible scale.

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Record high temporary accommodation figures “shameful”

Responding to new official statistics showing there are a record number of households now living in temporary accommodation, including a 6% year-on-year increase in children (rising 426 to 7,252), Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

“These new statistics are shameful.

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Two independence statements in a week shows SNP don’t care about anything else

Responding to the SNP’s latest plans to push forward with another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Scottish Liberal Democrats officially endorse the Fight Fatigue campaign

Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democats leader, has today announced the Scottish Liberal Democrats official endorsement of the national Fight Fatigue campaign, a joint initiative of the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of fatigue and shift work on our NHS workforce.

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Ferguson ferry failure sees vessels “less than half built”

Commenting on today’s rural economy and connectivity committee at which it was revealed that two delayed CalMac ferries are "significantly less than half built”, £100m over budget and likely to be three years overdue, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

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Sturgeon stoking up separatists but ignoring health and education

Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon’s planned statement calling for another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“Yet again the Scottish Parliament is being used to showcase Nicola Sturgeon’s separatist agenda when it should be discussing how to tackle crises in education and mental health.

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Rennie: Scottish Trends shows poor performance in health and education

Commenting on the new briefing from Scottish Trends which shows that between 2006 and 2018 Scotland fell five places in the Index of Social and Economic Wellbeing, a change which is attributed to “the relatively poor Scottish performance, in terms of education and health”, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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