GP trainers in Scotland receive a full pay rise

The Scottish Executive will break with the DoH in England over pay rises for 2007/8, giving all increases in one instalment at the start of the year.

The change will be particularly greeted by nurses who are due to have their 2.5 per cent pay rise staged through the coming year. But GP trainers and educators will also benefit.

Trainers in England will receive a rise of 2 per cent next year with 1.5 per cent from April and the remainder from November. Scottish GPs will receive the full amount from April.

Speaking at a nursing conference last week, Scotland’s health minister Andy Kerr said: ‘The finances of NHS Scotland are on a sound footing. While not stepping outside the overall UK negotiated pay system, on reflection I am able to announce that we’ll be meeting the recommendations of the pay review bodies in full from April 1.’

DoH pay rises, which included the zero per cent freeze on GMS pay this year (GP, 9 March), apply to England only but are usually adopted by the other home nations.

This was the case last year in Scotland. The BMA congratulated it on the decision. The Welsh Assembly will not follow the Scottish Executive.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland said: ‘The UK government announced its response to the recommendations of the pay review bodies on 1 March and the details of how this will be applied in Northern Ireland will be announced as soon as possible.’ 

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