Nurses, midwives, paramedics and allied health professionals in Forth Valley are in line for a pay rise of at least 9% over the next three years.

Details of the offer to 147,000 NHS Scotland staff, including 5799 in Forth Valley, were announced this week. Subject to agreement by NHS unions, employees earning up to £80,000 will receive a minimum cumulative increase of 9%. Staff not at the top of their pay bands will also receive any incremental progression pay rises they are due.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “This NHS pay offer, which is the highest in the UK, should be welcome news for the 5799 NHS Agenda for Change staff in Forth Valley, who deserve recognition for all the hard work they do to help give Scotland the best-performing health service in the UK.

“If accepted, NHS Scotland staff, from porters and healthcare assistants to ward nurses and paramedics, will be significantly better paid than their colleagues elsewhere in the UK by 2020-21.

“After leading the way in lifting the public sector pay cap, the Scottish Government is now offering a pay settlement that should help our NHS to retain staff and recruit new talent, which is also good news for patients across Falkirk district and the whole of Scotland.”

The pay offer is linked to an examination of potential reforms to some terms and conditions.