Sturgeon announces Pay Deals for NHS staff

 Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon today announced a three-year pay deal for NHS staff including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

All NHS staff in Scotland covered by pay system Agenda for Change will benefit from the deal, which incorporates the NHS Pay Review Body pay uplift recommendation for 2008/09.

It includes:

 

  • a 2.75 per cent pay rise for Agenda for Change staff from April 1, 2008
  • a 2.4 per cent pay rise in 2009/10
  • a 2.25 per cent rise in 2010/11

Ms Sturgeon said:

 

"It is great news that we have agreed a three-year agreement on pay for nurses, midwives and other NHS staff.
 
"This is the best deal for any group of public sector staff and recognises the hard work our front-line staff whose tireless service ensures our NHS provides a first-class service to patients.
 
"As well as providing fair and reasonable annual increases, the agreement provides improved pay for staff at the lower end of the NHS pay spectrum by both raising the minimum level of pay in year two and providing a flat rate increase in the third year.
 
"It also recognises the aspirations of a significant proportion of staff in the middle pay range for improved pay progression arrangements by raising the maximum level of basic pay in Pay Band 5 over three years from 2009.
 
"Although I am delighted to announce today a good deal for nurses and other NHS staff groups, I have made it clear that I have concerns about the process. That is why I insisted that Scottish Government officials and Scottish employers were closely involved in the negotiations at the end of last week. I will continue discussions with my colleagues in other devolved administrations and with the Department of Health to ensure that we are fully involved in all major decisions affecting Scotland."
 
The Cabinet Secretary also announced that Scotland was accepting in full the pay uplift recommendations of the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review Body for 2008/09.
 
These include:

 

  • a 2.2 per cent increase for hospital doctors and hospital doctors and dentists in training;
  • a 3.4 per cent increase in the gross earnings base for general dental practitioners (GDPs). This is intended to result in an increase in GDPs income of 2.2 per cent after allowing for an increase in expenses;
  • increasing payments to GP practices for providing core services - known as the Global Sum - by 2.7 per cent which having taken account of the cost of expenses equates to a 2.2 per cent increase in earnings;
  • no increase in the protected income that most GP practices receive. This means that overall impact of the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review body is estimated as a 0.2 per cent average increase in payments to GP practices. It will allow the NHS to invest the up to 1.5 per cent guaranteed for primary care for 2008/09 in new patient services.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"The deal I am announcing today for doctors and dentists is a fair award and acknowledges the valuable and important work undertaken by doctors and dentists in the NHS in Scotland.
 
"We are committed to increasing investment in GP services by 1.5 per cent, which will mean improvements in the range and quality of services offered by GP practices and will help bring about extended opening hours at evenings and weekends." 

07/04/2008