NHS medical & dental staff get 2.5% pay rise

Scottish Government says boost will mean speciality doctors ‘remain the best paid in the UK’

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Medical and dental staff in Scotland are being given a 2.5% pay rise, the Scottish Government has announced.

Backdated to the 1st April 2019, medical and dental staff, general medical practitioners and general dental practitioners will receive the pay uplift in their September salaries.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said the increase reflected workers’ “important contribution”.

“It’s crucial we continue to not only recruit and build our future NHS workforce, but also retain expertise.”

The government says the move means a specialty doctor will be £800 to £1,500 better paid in Scotland compared to a doctor in England.

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.

Ms Freeman continued: “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.”

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh welcomed the move but said more needed to be done to cut down on doctors' workloads.

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. 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.”