• Article: Oct 16, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that another poor week of A&E performance figures suggests the Scottish Government are resigned to missing the target until next spring.

    Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target sits at 89.7%. The Scottish Government's target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018

    Responding to new statistics showing a rise in the number of winter deaths to 23,137 in 2017/18, the highest level since 1999/2000, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "While our NHS staff have done fantastic work in ensuring that the long term winter mortality rate is in decline, last year's steep rise in winter deaths is a cause for concern.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Recorded hate crimes are up 17% from last year, and have more than doubled in the last 4 years.

    Racial hate crimes have increased 14% year on year, while those based on sexual orientation have risen a terrible 27%. Attacks on people based on religion, disability and transgender people have also risen year on year.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Responding to new figures today showing the £899 million cost required to bring those parts of the NHS estate not currently in satisfactory condition up to scratch, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The NHS is our most precious public institution yet some health boards have a significant proportion of facilities not classified as being in a good condition. This is an eye-watering sum of money required to get them up to scratch.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has today revealed that at the start of the latest school term, almost 100 head teacher and deputy head teacher positions were still being advertised.

    Figures obtained under freedom of information laws from 26 of Scotland's 32 local authorities show 92 senior leadership roles vacant, including 17 in Aberdeen and 12 in Glasgow as well as more than 500 class and principal teacher vacancies.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2018

    Responding to the SNP's latest Brexit proposals, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The First Minister should have recognised by now that there is no compromise Brexit deal as good as the deal we already have.

    "She ought to be leading the charge for a People's Vote and an exit from Brexit, not pushing for yet another variant of Brexit that puts our economy, security and environment at risk."