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Rona Mackay MSP has praised the NHS staff in East Dunbartonshire who look set to receive the £500 bonus from the Scottish Government. Recent figures have shown that over 34,000 staff within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde could be set to receive the sum, recognising the huge sacrifice and dedication of our front-line health care workers.

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, Rona Mackay MSP said:

“NHS staff in Strathkelvin and Bearsden 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. This is the least we could do to thank them for their incredible efforts during the pandemic. In addition, the Scottish Government continues to engage constructively with nurses on their pay and conditions. It’s goes without saying that we must do what we can, with the resources we are allocated, to ensure our healthcare staff know how much we appreciate their sacrifice.

“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 ring hollow.”

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