Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Health Secretary, has upset senior NHS staff by terminating their bonuses.
The move to end the performance-related bonuses is targeted at health service employees who earn between £43,000 and £173,000 a year. What post is worth £173,000 a year within the NHS? Surely, apart from very senior clinicians, no individual should be earning that amount of money for an administrative job?
About 1,300 NHS staff in Scotland - less than 1% of the workforce - are covered by the 'non-consolidated payments' scheme.
Claire Pullar, the national officer of Scotland for Managers in Partnership, the trade union for senior and executive NHS managers, said: "This bonus was perceived as something clearly earned through hard work. The decision is disappointing, demoralising and it won't save money in the way people think it will save money. The Cabinet Secretary did not consult our members."
NHS senior and executive managers have their own union. How very interesting but not entirely surprising. Ms Pullar sounds a little put out at not being consulted by the health secretary but I can understand why Ms Sturgeon gave the union a body swerve. 'Negotiations'
would have been lengthy and possibly unproductive.
A good start to ridding ourselves of this 'bonus culture' which has infiltrated public services over the years. People should be paid a fair salary for a fair day's work and nobody should receive extra money for ticking more boxes than expected. It may well be the beginning of the end of the tick-box culture within the NHS and that would be welcomed by many.