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Recent News from Dundee Lib Dems, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the UK Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Dec 19, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The NHS can't recruit the doctors and nurses it needs. Families are separated by complex visa requirements. People without documents are denied access to healthcare and housing. Decades of incompetence and cruelty by Labour and Tory Home Secretaries has shattered confidence in the system.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better. We demand a more effective and compassionate immigration system. A system that works for our economy and treats migrants and asylum seekers with dignity.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2018
    By Robin Rea

    Last night the Liberal Democrats tabled a cross-party motion of no confidence in the Conservative Government.

    The Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit for two years.

    Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has helped the Conservatives deliver Brexit. The motion of no confidence could remove one of Corbyn's last excuses not to back a People's Vote.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Government has challenged the Labour Party to table a real 'no confidence' motion. We have now done that for them.

    Jeremy Corbyn need only add his name, and the debate and vote would happen before Christmas.

    If he fails, it will be yet more evidence that his recalcitrance is really a rouse to avoid supporting a People's Vote.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Health Secretary to give health professionals "a break this Christmas" and ease their workload, after another poor week of A&E performance figures were published this morning.

    Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target sits at 87.4%. The Scottish Government's target is 95%. This has not been achieved since July 2017.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said patients in pain are facing "setback after setback" as new figures showed that just 45.6% of patients are now being seen within the NHS physio waiting time target, the lowest level since the current system of recording started in 2015.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded current waits for cancer treatment a "disgrace", as new statistics show quarterly performance against the 62 day target is at its worst since the standard was introduced in 2012.

    The statistics published by ISD Scotland today show that only 81.4% of patients were seen within the 62-day waiting time target for the quarter 1 July to 30 September 2018. That's down from 84.6% in the previous quarter.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today criticised SNP handling of the British Transport Police merger, as the Justice Secretary wrote to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee to confirm that "all options for the enhanced accountability of railway policing in Scotland would be re-considered".

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018

    Responding to the news that there has been a reduction of 374 available staffed beds in the NHS in the last year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "Improvements in healthcare have reduced the length of many hospital stays. However, the Scottish Government needs to think carefully before continuing to cut the number of NHS beds while delayed discharge continues to be a huge obstacle to delivering care and keeping hospitals moving.