Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today branded the SNP a disaster for local health care as new figures revealed significant falls in how people rate the quality of care they have received.
The Health and Care Experience Survey 2021/22 published today revealed that:
67% rated the care provided by their GP practice positively, down from 90% in 2009/10
The percentage of people rating their care services as either excellent or good has fallen from 83% to 62% since 2013/14.
Just 44% reported positive experiences arranging to see a mental health professional.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called for the whole Scottish Parliament to oppose the Scottish Government's Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) Bill "power grab" on Wednesday afternoon.
Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently campaigned against Scottish Government plans to permanently take control of emergency powers granted during the Covid-19 pandemic which cover everything from closing schools to the early release of prisoners.
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has secured a commitment from the International Trade Secretary this week that maintaining UK food standards and the ban on hormone-treated beef would be a "red line" in UK-Canada trade negotiations. The Secretary of State, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP made the commitment in response to a letter from Mr Carmichael highlighting claims from Canadian negotiators that overturning the ban would be their goal during trade talks.
Responding to comments from Patricia Watson, strategic director at Education Scotland in which she described the next two years as "business as usual at Education Scotland" despite ongoing proposals for reform and said that the body was making "good progress" in improving education, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie said:
Responding to Jenny Gilruth's opening statement in this afternoon's Scottish Parliament debate on ferries, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie said:
"It's difficult to believe that the SNP happened to find this apparently critical document just before the debate on ferries. The document makes matters worse as it still doesn't explain why the decision was made to ignore CMAL.
Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart is to bring a debate to the Scottish Parliament highlighting the damage caused by 'high order' detonations to clear unexploded ordnance (UXOs) from marine areas.
Supporting the Stop Sea Blasts campaign, Wishart is calling on the Scottish Government to end the use of 'high order' detonations and only allow the safer low order deflagration which has been used by the Royal Navy for over 15 years.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today challenged the First Minister over the SNP's sewage scandal which saw raw sewage released into Scotland's rivers more than 10,000 times last year alone.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"Raw sewage is released into our rivers every day. It is routinely dumped by Scotland's government-owned water company.
Following the revelation by the First Minister that the Deputy First Minister was involved in the ferries contract, that ministers ignored legal warnings and that multi-million pound contracts are routinely signed off by one line emails, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP said:
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today demanded to know why Scottish Water bosses are receiving bonuses of up to £92,000 each at the same time as the government-owned company released raw sewage into Scotland's rivers over 10,000 times.
It comes after Alex Cole-Hamilton this week challenged the First Minister on why the routine dumping of untreated human waste into our rivers was described as "vital" by the SNP/Green Coalition.
Responding to the reports in the Herald on Sunday that the number of faults outstanding on the ferries at Fergusons increased from 175 in January to 237 in March, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP commented:
"This will come as worrying news for all the islanders who have been left without the ferries they need for years already. The ageing fleet is experiencing breakdown after breakdown and its having a crushing impact on rural businesses, tourism and everyone who relies on these services.
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