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NHS pay - the Scottish perspective

Scottish Health Minister, Sam Galbraith, has added his comments to the government's proposals on NHS pay - Agenda for Change. Mr Galbraith said the way pay was decided in future must reflect Scottish needs and Scottish staffing issues. It would ultimately be for ministers in the new Scottish Parliament to decide how any new pay system should be applied. Mr Galbraith said:'I want the NHS in Scotland to treat its staff as well as it treats its patients. This means fair and flexible pay as well as better training and education opportunities, more 'family friendly' working practices, and a decent working environment. The government's proposals build on the strengths of current NHS-wide arrangements but allow flexibility for local approaches. This will ensure that Scotland retains the best of an NHS-wide system while reserving the right to develop Scottish solutions to Scottish issues.'

Press release (Scottish Office).

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