Scottish GPs to get 2.5% pay award
Author: Adrian O'Dowd
GPs in Scotland are to receive a pay award of 2.5% backdated to 1 April of this year, it has been announced.
The Scottish government has announced the pay award for 2019 for NHS Scotland GPs, medical and dental staff, and general dental practitioners.
The pay uplift is to be included in September 2019 salaries for NHS medical and dental staff with backdated payments to 1 April 2019 to follow.
Scotland’s 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.
“This will help ensure that NHS Scotland remains an attractive employment option for medical and dental staff.”
British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland chair Lewis Morrison said: “This announcement must be viewed in the context that doctors have endured years of real terms cuts to their pay in Scotland, with year after year of unacceptable pay awards seriously eroding morale.
“This has come at the same time as the job itself has got harder and more demanding, as doctors deal with excessive workloads due to spiralling demand and covering for growing and often underreported vacancies. Today’s announcement is hopefully a first step in addressing the lasting impact this has had.
“For example, last year many senior doctors were singled out for an uplift which was amongst the lowest in the public sector. As a result, we made it clear that the absolute least Scottish government had to do this year was address this and implement the recommendations of the pay review body in full for all doctors – including for these senior doctors.
“The fact that the Scottish government have listened to the BMA and this year broken with public sector pay policy and met the DDRB’s [Doctors and Dentists Review Body] general pay uplift recommendation of 2.5% for all doctors demonstrates greater and encouraging recognition of their huge contribution to frontline care.
“We regard a 2.5% uplift as just a reasonable start and certainly not a cause for celebration. It is only just higher than the CPI [Consumer Price Index] measure of inflation, and measured against RPI [Retail Price Index] – which is currently at 2.8% - it remains a real terms pay cut.”