The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has welcomed the announcement that medical staff in Scotland will receive a 2.5 per cent pay increase.
Yesterday (27 August 2019), a number of media outlets, including STV News, reported that the Scottish government had approved the 2.5 per cent pay increase. The reports say the increase will be included in next month's salaries, with payments backdated to 01 April to follow "as soon as practical". The move will bring Scottish doctors in line with their counterparts in England, where the 2.5 per cent pay increase was announced last month. The BMA has fought for Scotland to follow England’s lead.
A College spokesperson said: “We welcome this announcement, which recognises the hard work of doctors in NHS Scotland.
“At a time when NHS doctors are facing growing pressure on their professional time, it is vital that they are made to feel valued. The backdated pay award is a very welcome way of doing that.
“But we would like the Scottish Government to go further,” the College said, adding "introducing protected time for doctors to teach and research, as well as better rest facilities and input into rota design, would be positive ways to show doctors that they are truly valued."