The need for local input in healthcare decision-making

The SNP have been centralising NHS services under the radar for years and sadly this pandemic has exposed the fault-lines in their mis-managed policy. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for decentralised health services. We believe that decision-making power should lie with health professionals at a local level. After all, GPs and pharmacists know their own area far better than someone working in a central government office.

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The mask is slipping in the SNP

The vaccine roll-out appears to be little more than a trickle in West Lothian. Despite weeks of empty rhetoric and talk of targets being met, we are hearing daily of vulnerable people who have yet to be contacted about their first vaccination, let alone their second.

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Catch up with Caron

I'm sitting watching the First Minister announce, for what are sensible and scientifically justifiable reasons, that we will still be in lockdown until the end of February. 

That means that campaigning in the Livingston South by-election is going to have to be a bit different. 
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Alex Cole-Hamilton presses Scottish Government on Sick Kids delay

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Health today at Parliament about when we can expect the move in to the new Sick Kids Hospital to be completed. Today, she told him that the revised date of the end of January is now set for March 23rd. The opening of the new Sick Kids' was cancelled just days before patients were set to arrive in July 2019. The Health Secretary announced last autumn that the move would be put back again, with final building works to be completed by 25 January 2021.

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COVID has brought unique challenges for the disabled

I found it really chilling recently to see that a survey had  found that many disabled people in Scotland were more worried about their mental health deteriorating than catching Covid-19. 

I attended an event at the Festival of Politics last week to hear about the effect of the pandemic on people with disabilities. It has been brutal for many, who have found their support services curtailed or stopped altogether. This was an issue that came up a lot in responses to my survey of Livingston South residents. 

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