Thank you for contacting me about nurses’ pay in Scotland.
Healthcare is a devolved matter and so responsibility for NHS Scotland rests with the Scottish Government. I know that the NHS is a priority for the UK Government and I am pleased that UK Government Ministers have worked to ensure that NHS Scotland is properly funded. The 2020 Spending Review and 2021 Budget saw the Scottish Government’s block grant increase by over £3.6 billion, while the Scottish Government has received an additional £9.7 billion so far to tackle to pandemic specifically. A further £660 million was allocated to the Scottish Government in March 2021 following the announcement of an extra £7 billion for NHS and social care services in England.
I understand that the Scottish Government has drawn on the significant additional allocations it has received from the UK Government to ensure that NHS Agenda for Change employees in pay bands 1-7 are offered a pay rise of 4 percent in 2021/22. As I understand it, nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals, and domestic and healthcare support staff and porters will benefit from this increase. There will be implications for spending on a range of services.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP