• Article: Aug 21, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has voiced concern about the "debilitated" NHS as new statistics show A&E performance against the 4-hour waiting time target has fallen once again to 90.6%.

    The figures published by ISD Scotland show 164 patients waited over 8 hours and 22 waited more than 12 hours.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2018

    Responding to the news Dr Peter Bennie, Chair of the British Medical Association in Scotland, will be leaving frontline medicine, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Dr Bennie has shone light on some of the harsh realities of an underfunded NHS and the bleak challenges health professionals face in our NHS day-in day-out. His honesty and candour has been truly valuable.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today said farmers are "despairing" after he revealed that 492 farming businesses are still waiting to receive CAP funding from the 2017 funding round.

    In response to a parliamentary question, the Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing confirmed that 217 businesses in the Highlands and Islands and 149 in the South of Scotland were still to receive 2017 CAP basic payments. There are dozens more in the North East and Mid Scotland & Fife.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today showed the Scottish Government stooping to deliberately confusing parents in a desperate effort to quash the parental boycott of national tests for five-year-olds, after advice issued to them yesterday was shown to conflict that given internally by the top civil servant in charge of the national testing system.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2018

    Commenting on reports that the delivery of two new ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides network has been delayed again and that the vessels, which were originally due this summer, are not now due until Summer 2019 and Spring 2020 respectively, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

  • Article: Aug 17, 2018

    Responding to the announcement from Rosemount Medical Group in Aberdeen that they will close in January after being unable to fill staff vacancies, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said

    "The SNP's poor handling of workforce planning has left GP surgeries high and dry, unable to find the skilled people they need. Staff and patients deserve better.