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Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today warned that cuts to drug and alcohol services could leave people stranded as new figures revealed that more than 3000 children were treated for drug or alcohol misuse in the last two years.
The statistics, obtained by the Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information requests, showed that 3336 children were admitted to emergency departments or to hospital in 2014-15 and 2015-16 as a result of drug and alcohol misuse.
Scottish Liberal Democrats have said lessons must be learnt to protect the rights of grieving families following the publication today of the report of the National Cremation Investigation.
The investigation, led by Dame Elish Angiolini, uncovered a litany of failures, including "unethical and abhorrent practices" at Aberdeen Crematorium such as the cremation of foetuses and babies along with unrelated and unknown adults. The report makes 13 recommendations which the Scottish Government has accepted.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today said the implosion of the Labour party confirms Liberal Democrats are the only party able and prepared to stand up for both the EU and UK.
Thirteen members of the shadow cabinet have resigned so far and Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson this morning told Jeremy Corbyn to stand down. In comparison, over 5000 members have joined the Liberal Democrats since the referendum result and the party has confirmed it will stand for re-entry to the European Union at the next election.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the fact that 1 in 12 occupied NHS bed days are due to delayed discharge shows the scale of the challenge facing the new integrated health and social care bodies.
New statistics from ISD Scotland show 567,853 bed days were lost to delayed discharge in 2015/16.
Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the Scottish Government's housing policies have failed the thousands of children living in temporary accommodation after new figures showed a further 13% increase.
National Statistics published today revealed 5224 children were living in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2016 - 591 more than last year and over 1000 more compared to 2014.
Speaking during today's debate on the outcome of the EU Referendum, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
"The First Minister knows that I oppose another independence referendum. I made that commitment during the election only last month.
"Today's motion does not endorse independence. The First Minister has made that clear. I welcome the First Minister reaching out to other parties to engage in the negotiation process.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the government to reverse its 20% cut to drug and alcohol services after new figures showed nearly nine in ten of those trying to quit or decrease use of illicit drugs did so without support.
Statistics released today as part of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2014/15 showed 87.4% of those who had tried in the last month to cut down on their most often used drug did so without benefiting from any support services.
Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the Scottish Government's warm words on tackling fuel poverty must be backed up by additional investment and a new strategy, after ministers finally admitted that they are going to miss the target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016.
The Housing Minister made the admission in response to the interim findings of the Fuel Poverty Strategy Working Group.
Speaking after the Cabinet Secretary appeared before Holyrood's Education Committee, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:
"School league tables will be a fact of education life by next year. The Education Secretary told the committee today that 2017/18 will see the publication of performance information on a school-by-school basis.
Following the conclusion of the debate at the Scottish Parliament on Gender and the Workplace, Scottish Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:
"It is appalling that women are still being frozen out of top jobs, with men nearly twice as likely to be in senior management positions.