Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has shown his delight that around 34,000 staff members in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be recognised for the hard work and sacrifice they have shown during the COVID-19 pandemic by receiving a bonus of £500 from the SNP Scottish Government.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced all NHS staff would receive the bonus as a thank you, with part-time workers being given a proportionate amount, at the SNP conference earlier this week.
The bonus was one of several policies announced at the SNP 2020 Conference to support hard-working families, including a promise to extend free school meals to all primary school pupils all year round and a £100m hardship fund to help those most in need during the pandemic.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“NHS staff in Inverclyde have worked so hard to keep everyone safe during the pandemic and put their lives on the line to treat some of the sickest patients with the disease.
“I am delighted to see all their work and sacrifice is being rewarded by the Scottish Government with this £500 payment.
“It is now up to the Tories at Westminster to make sure NHS staff receive payment in full, if not then all their clapping on their doorsteps in the early stages of the pandemic will be worth nothing.”