Announcing a pay award of 2.5% backdated to 1 April 2019 for NHS Scotland medical and dental staff, general medical practitioners and general dental practitioners, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
“It’s the continued hard work and dedication of staff which makes our NHS the treasured institution it is and this uplift demonstrates that we fully value all our staff and the important contribution they make.
“It’s crucial we continue to not only recruit and build our future NHS workforce, but also retain expertise. This announcement means junior doctors working on typical rotas in Scotland can be up to £6,000 a year better off than their English equivalents, and our specialty doctors, associate specialist doctors and consultants will remain the best paid in the UK.
Compared to NHS England, a specialty doctor will be £800 to £1,500 better paid, an associate specialist doctor will be between £750 and £1,100 better paid and a consultant will be £2,150 to £2,800 better paid
“This will help ensure that NHS Scotland remains an attractive employment option for medical and dental staff.”