Care workers in Scotland will see their pay lifted to £10.02 an hour this winter as part of a £300 million package of measures to help increase NHS and social care capacity.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said £48 million will be made available this financial year to help adult social care providers boost the hourly rate of pay for staff.
The news follows a £64.5m investment from the Scottish government in March to lift care workers’ pay to at least £9.50, the equivalent of the Real Living Wage.
A further £60 million has been announced to maximise the capacity of care at home services, as part of the package of measures, and £40 million will enable hospital patients to temporarily enter care homes, or receive additional care at home support, with no financial liability to the individual or their family.
Announcing the news yesterday, Yousaf said: “As the winter period approaches, it is vital that we do all we can to maximise the capacity of the NHS and social care system. That’s why I’m setting out our £300 million NHS and Care Winter Package today. We cannot look at the NHS in isolation we must take a whole systems approach and these measures will help alleviate pressure across the NHS and social care.
“This significant new investment will help get people the care they need as quickly as possible this winter. Bolstering the caring workforce by increasing their numbers, providing them with additional support, and increasing the wages of social care staff.”
He continued: “Measures I have announced today will help patients whose discharge has been delayed waiting for care and help get them out of hospital and on to the next stage in their care. This helps the individual by getting them the right care, and helps the wider system by ensuring the hospital capacity is being used by those who need that specialist level of clinical care.
“This £300 million of new funding will also fund increases in social care capacity in the community and in primary care – helping to ease the pressure on unpaid carers.
“Our NHS, social care staff and social work staff have been remarkable throughout the pandemic and today’s additional investment will help support them to deliver care to people across Scotland this winter.”