Frequently Asked Questions - Will medical workforce representatives participate in NHS Scotland pay negotiation processes after independence?
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Yes. Responsibility for pay, terms and conditions of service for staff in NHS Scotland is already devolved.
The Scottish Government will ensure that they continue to have independent pay advice when setting pay for NHS Scotland doctors and dentists.
In recent years the Scottish Government has successfully developed a Scottish GP contract with the British Medical Association (BMA), and with independence we will continue to work with them to ensure that GP contracts are developed to meet the needs and circumstances of the people of Scotland.
Similarly, for hospital-based doctors and dentists, the Scottish Government will work with the BMA, and seek to co-operate with the Westminster Government where appropriate, to negotiate pay, terms and conditions. The funding and terms and conditions for General Dental Services, General Ophthalmic Services and Community Pharmacy are already devolved and fully negotiated in Scotland. These arrangements will also not change.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.