Colin Beattie MSP has shown his delight that around 24451 staff members under NHS Lothian 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.
The payment was announced this week at the SNP conference by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that all NHS staff would receive the bonus as a thank you, with part-time workers being given a proportionate amount.
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, Colin Beattie said:
“NHS staff in Lothian have worked so hard to keep everyone safe during the pandemic and have put their lives on the line to treat those who have been unwell with Covid-19.
“I am delighted to see all their work and sacrifice is being rewarded by the Scottish Government with this £500 payment.
“I am pleased to see that we are going further than simply clapping on our doorsteps and giving them something substantive towards their hard work over the pandemic, though no thank you is great enough for all that they have done for our country this year.”