• Article: Dec 12, 2018

    Speaking ahead of the publication of the draft Scottish budget the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have put forward constructive proposals for investing in mental health services, for a good pay deal for teachers and investment in local government services.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2018

    Yesterday I introduced a bill in Parliament to legalise cannabis for recreational and medicine use.

    The evidence is clear - prohibition isn't working.

    The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure, leaving young people vulnerable to dangerous strains of cannabis sold by dealers who have absolutely no interest in their welfare.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Responding to the publication of a GP headcount, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "While the headcount has been steady, we know more GPs are opting to work part-time because of the pressures of the job.

    "Earlier this year the Primary Care Workforce Survey showed a 'consistent decline' in the number of full-time GPs and the number of practices reporting stubborn vacancies soaring. I found posts lying vacant for two years.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today reprimanded the Scottish Government for poor planning and leaving NHS staff "in the lurch" as new statistics reveal A&E performance has dropped back well below the 90% target.

    Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target at 87.9% - the lowest level since April.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Responding to the publication of data on the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP:

    "The SNP Government scrapped the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy because it showed year after year of decline.

    "Teachers and education experts have warned that it will now take years to build up the evidence of how our pupils are really getting on because of its replacement with a new system, underpinned by damaging national testing.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said a new report by the organisation delivering the Scottish Government's national tests is "completely oblivious" to the verdict on the policy and practicalities of testing four and five-year-olds.

    The report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) provides "a summary of outcomes at a national level on the newly established system of national standardised assessments".