The Royal College of Midwives have issued a luke warm response to the announcement by the Scottish Government that 147,000 NHS staff will be getting a pay rise.
Pay Rise for NHS Staff in Scotland
Emma Currer the RCM’s lead negotiator in Scotland on pay, said:
“This is a restatement of something the Scottish Government promised some time ago.
“Our midwife and maternity support worker members will certainly be appreciative of the extra money in their pockets. However, this is payment on account and the RCM and other unions will continue in negotiations with the Government to get the best deal for NHS staff.”
The pay rise means that those staff currently earning up to £80,000 will receive at least a 3% uplift, and those earning £80,000 and over will receive a flat rate increase of £1,600. Staff not at the top of their pay bands will also receive any incremental progression they are due.
Comparison with NHS England
- Experienced porters at the top of Band 2 will be over £500 better off
- Healthcare assistants at the top of Band 3 will be over £600 better off
- Auxiliary nurses with a year’s experience in Band 4 would be over £800 better off.
- Nurses with five years’ experience in Band 5 will be over £400 better off
- Paramedics in middle of Band 6 will be over £450 better off
- Advanced Nurse Practitioners in the middle of Band 7 will be over £250 better off
I must admit that I’m slightly disappointed with the RCM as it sounds to me that they are almost harping back to the old ‘demarcation’ disputes that plagued Clyde shipyards when I was growing-up on the lower Clyde and eventually led to their closures. Fortunately one Timmy Reid came along and knocked some sense into them but alas his arrival was too late to save most of shipbuilding on the Clyde.
To the RCM I’d say, in a large hierarchical organisations like the NHS you will always be able to find some people at the top of their pay grade that are slightly better-off than someone on the bottom of your own pay scale.