Health staff set for salary boost Nine per cent rise over the next three years

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

Hard­work­ing La­nark­shire nurses, mid­wives and paramedics are on course to re­ceive a min­i­mum pay rise of nine per cent over the next three years.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment brings a salary boost for 11,385 staff in NHS La­nark­shire.

The mi­mu­mum nine per cent pay hike over three years for 148,000 NHS Scot­land staff is the high­est NHS pay up­lift be­ing of­fered in the whole of the UK.

This fol­lows the First Min­is­ter’s an­nounce­ment that NHS Agenda for Change em­ploy­ees would re­ceive a three per cent pay in­crease in this month’s pay packet and back­dated to the be­gin­ning of the year.

Those earn­ing £80,000 and over will re­ceive a flat rate in­crease of £1,600 a year. The changes will be agreed be­tween NHS em­ploy­ers, unions and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment by the end of the year.

Health ser­vice unions have rec­om­mended their mem­bers back the deal, which will af­fect about 148,000 NHS staff, in­clud­ing hospi­tal tech­ni­cians, porters, an­cil­lary workers and phar­ma­cists.

Com­ment­ing, SNP MSP for Mother­well and Wishaw Clare Adam­son said: “This is an im­por­tant Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment in the 11,385 NHS staff who care for us day in day out in La­nark­shire.

“Cur­rently, Ad­vanced Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers in Scot­land are get­ting paid £430 more a year than those in Eng­land, and if they se­cured a job with a band 7 salary last year, they’d see their salary grow by over £8,800 over the next three years.

“Not only is the SNP Gov­ern­ment bring­ing NHS Scot­land staffing to historically high lev­els – we are mak­ing sure that our health­care pro­fes­sion­als are get­ting the best pay deal in the whole of the UK and mak­ing our NHS a more at­trac­tive place to work.

“We will al­ways stand up for what’s best for La­nark­shire’s health ser­vices and the ha r d - w o r k i n g staff who go to in­cred­i­ble ef­forts on our be­half.”

Cen­tral Scot­land MSP Gra­ham Simp­son agreed the salary in­crease is well de­served.

He said: “NHS staff in Scot­land are among the most ded­i­cated and hard­work­ing in the coun­try and de­serve to be re­warded. The SNP has made Scot­tish nurses earn­ing over £26,000 pay higher taxes than their English coun­ter­parts so it was clear that a greater up­lift was needed to cover this.

“How­ever, hardly a week goes by when the SNP’s shocking man­age­ment of the NHS isn’t ex­posed. Nurses and mid­wives are leav­ing in record numbers, those re­main­ing are more likely to be off sick, and spend­ing on ex­pen­sive agency and bank nurses con­tin­ues to spi­ral.

“The SNP is not do­ing enough to en­sure there are re­place­ments com­ing through. This is the re­sult of sheer neg­li­gence by the na­tion­al­ists, and pa­tients and over-stretched staff are pay­ing the price.

“This is yet an­other ex­am­ple of the SNP prov­ing it­self ut­terly un­fit to gov­ern.”

If ac­cepted, the deal will mean that a porter who started on Band 2 last year will see their pay rise by around £4,000 (25 per cent) over the next three years.

Some­one who se­cured a job as a Band 7 Ad­vanced Nurse Prac­ti­tioner last year will see their salary grow by over £8,800 over the next three years – that’s around 27 per cent.

A health­care sup­port worker who started on Band 4 last year will see their pay rise by around £4,600 (al­most 23 per cent) and a Band 5 Ward Nurse cur­rently three years into their ca­reer will see their salary grow by over £6,800 - that’s around 27 per cent.

Well de­served Clare Adam­son MSP

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