Mental health patients trapped in hospital

Commenting on a new report from the Mental Welfare Commission which highlights that a third of patients in specialist mental health rehabilitation wards have had their discharge from hospital delayed, often because of a lack of appropriate accommodation and social care packages in the community, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Progressives must fight on

On Thursday, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey will make a keynote speech addressing party members and activists in Manchester ahead of the UK's exit from the EU.

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Rumbles brands ferry fiasco an “outrageous mess” as new details emerge about the original tender

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today called on the government to offer taxpayers an explanation for “pouring public money down the drain” on the Ferguson ferry contract. This comes after new documents revealed the Scottish Government chose the most expensive of six shipyards tendering for the contract to build two new ferries in 2015 and paid well over its initial valuations when selecting Ferguson Marine as the successful company.

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Health and education neglected due to SNP independence obsession

Commenting on today’s votes in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Rennie tackles “twin horrors” of Conservative and SNP Governments and call for wide-ranging reform of the UK.

As Nicola Sturgeon lays out her plans for her next steps for holding another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie has given a speech to Students for Britain where he will say that reforming the UK, not breaking it up is the way to unite our country.  

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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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