COVID-19: NHS staff in Scotland offered at least 4% pay rise for ‘service and dedication’ during pandemic | UK News

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 COVID-19: NHS staff in Scotland offered at least 4% pay rise for 'service and dedication' during pandemic |  UK News


NHS staff in Scotland are offered a pay rise of at least 4%, the Scottish Government has said.

He said the increase would benefit 154,000 NHS Agenda for Change employees – including nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals, as well as home health support staff, porters and others. frontline health workers.

The move is in recognition of their “service and dedication” during the coronavirus pandemic, said Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.

She said the average salary for an NHS frontline nurse would increase by more than £ 1,200 a year.

The payment offer will be backdated to December 1 of last year.

Staff in salary brackets 1 to 7 would receive a salary increase of at least 4% from 2020/21, with workers earning less than £ 25,000 in 2020/21 guaranteeing a minimum increase of over £ 1,000 in 2021/22.

This means that staff at the lowest pay point would get a 5.4% raise. Those with the highest pay points would receive increases of £ 800.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted on Wednesday evening: ‘Our NHS staff deserve more than applause and 1% is not enough.

“@Scotgov is offering a 4% salary increase, which would provide a guaranteed minimum increase of £ 1,000 for those earning less than £ 25,000 and a 5.4% increase for staff on the highest salary bracket. low… and all backdated to December 2020. ”

The move comes after Ms Sturgeon announced in November a one-time thank you bonus of £ 500 for all health and social workers.

Ms Freeman said on Wednesday: ‘Following positive discussions with unions and NHS workers, the Scottish government has presented an offer for the biggest pay rise since devolution for NHS Agenda for Change staff. ”

She said the deal “includes support staff such as domestic staff, porters and health support workers, the backbone of our services, which would see pay increases of over £ 1,000 -” increases between 4% and 5.4% ”.

Ms Freeman added: “This has been a particularly difficult year for our health service and I am pleased that the Scottish government is able to recognize the service and dedication of our health staff. ”

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PM praises ‘heroic’ NHS amid wages

Boris Johnson earlier this month defended a proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff in England.

The Prime Minister said: “What we have done is try to give them as much as we can right now.

“The independent salary review body will obviously review what we have proposed and come back.

He added: “Remember that there has been a freeze on public sector salaries, we are going through a pretty difficult time.

“We have tried to give the NHS as much as we can and that means in addition to the £ 140bn in annual money we have found another £ 62bn to help the NHS throughout the crisis. ”

Commenting on the offer of a salary increase in Scotland, Sara Gorton, of UNISON, said: “It shows that where there is political will, there is most definitely a way.

“Valuing the health workforce and investing in the NHS is a political choice. A choice Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak choose not to make.

“After a long and difficult year, a decent pay raise for NHS staff should be a simple decision to make and popular with the public.

“The Westminster government should learn from the north of the border approach to NHS pay and be ashamed to follow the Scottish example. ”

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