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Nicola Sturgeon's offer to nurses poses challenge to unions and employers

The more Scotland goes its own way on pay, the more it will have to be equipped to handle its own processes
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The more Scotland goes its own way on pay, the more it will have to be equipped to handle its own processes

Another pay announcement, another step away from UK-wide pay determination for nurses?

In a bid to beat the UK government announcement of the three-year NHS pay deal in England, first minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced in early June an interim pay rise of 3% for NHS staff in Scotland.

Make no mistake, the Scottish Government was making a political point by the timing of the announcement. The aim was to draw a clear line between Scotland and England, and show the Scottish Government as being more ‘responsive’ to NHS staff needs.

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This interim pay award has now been

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