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Thousands of NHS staff “owed pay”

Over 8,000 health workers in Scotland are owed pay in arrears due to errors with salary structures and back pay, it has been revealed.

A total of 8,274 NHS staff are still to receive back pay owed to them under a new health service pay structure, according to Scottish Government figures. And, more than 14,000 are still to be included in the system and allocated a new pay band.

The figures were revealed in response to a parliamentary question from the Scottish Labour Party. The party’s health spokesman Dr Richard Simpson said he was “deeply concerned” that staff were still owed money.

He added: “Nicola Sturgeon needs to step in and ensure that health boards tackle this issue with the greatest priority.”

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The Scottish Government pledged to deal with those owed back pay as soon as possible and, said the proportion still waiting had been reduced.

A spokesman said: “We inherited a situation where tens of thousands of staff were still waiting for back payment. We have steadily reduced that number to less than 5%.”

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