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Last updated: Thursday, 25 March, 2021, 06:34
- NHS Scotland staff to be offered at least 4% pay rise
- Seven deaths of coronavirus patients recorded on Tuesday
- 495 new Covid cases reported in Scotland
AstraZeneca says its vaccine has 76% efficacy against symptomatic Covid-19, as the company updated analysis of its Phase III testing.
Higher Covid death and hospitalisation rates among South Asian people – report
People from a South Asian background were twice as likely to die or be hospitalised during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland, research has found.
The difference grew even greater during the second wave of the virus, with South Asian people three times as likely as white people to die or be hospitalised.
A report from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Spice) highlighted that existing health inequalities were made worse by the pandemic.
During the first wave, those with learning disabilities were around twice as likely to test positive for Covid-19, twice as likely to be hospitalised, and around three times more likely to die from the virus.
The report also noted the well-documented link between coronavirus rates and deprivation.
The death rate from Covid-19 in the most deprived fifth of areas was double the rate in the least deprived fifth.
NHS Scotland staff to be offered at least 4% pay rise
More than 154,000 NHS Scotland staff are to be offered a pay rise of at least 4% in a deal from the Scottish Government.
The move will benefit employees with contracts under the Agenda for Change system, which would also give staff on the lowest pay point a 5.4% increase.
Staff on pay bands 1 to 7 would receive at least a 4% pay rise compared with 2020/21, with workers earning less than £25,000 in 2020/21 guaranteed a minimum increase of more than £1,000 in 2021/22.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Our NHS staff deserve more than applause and 1% is not enough.
“@scotgov is offering a 4% pay rise, which would deliver guaranteed minimum increase of £1000 for those earning less than £25,000 & 5.4% increase for staff on lowest pay band… and all backdated to December 2020.”
Among those included in Agenda for Change are nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals, as well as domestic, healthcare support staff, porters and other frontline health workers.
The Scottish Government says the deal, if accepted, will be the “most generous National Health Service pay uplift anywhere in the UK”.