NHS staff have been offered a "final" improved pay offer by the Scottish Government following days of negotiations with trade unions.Humza Yousaf said a newly qualified nurse would see a wage rise of 8.7 per cent as a result of the deal - while other staff would get 7.5 per cent more on average.The offer will mean front line workers will receive pay rises ranging from £2,205 to £2,751 if union members vote to accept them.
For the lowest paid this represents an uplift of 11.3 per cent.Unions representing a variety of health service professions had balloted for industrial action in recent weeks as a result of the long-running row over pay.A work-to-rule due to begin tomorrow by GMB and Unite members of the Scottish Ambulance Service has been called off as a result of the offer.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said they would "consider" the deal - but described it as not meeting their members' expectations.Yousaf said: "We have engaged tirelessly with trade union representatives over recent weeks, leaving no stone unturned to reach an offer which responds to the key concerns of staff across the service."This best and final pay offer of over half a billion pounds underlines our commitment to supporting our fantastic NHS staff.
A newly qualified nurse would see a pay rise of 8.7 per cent, and experienced nurses and would get uplifts of between £2,450 and £2,751."We are making this offer at a time of extraordinary financial challenges to the Scottish Government."We have made the best offer possible to get money into the pockets of hard working staff and to avoid industrial action, in what is already going to be an incredibly challenging winter.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk