The First Minister announced the cash windfall as a gesture of gratitude for the risks taken during the pandemic – however agency workers who have covered NHS shifts are excluded.
It was reported that receptionists for private dental practices were eligible to receive the £500, but not agency nurses.
And those who did not like being excluded were effectively told to get a new job in a letter sent by ministers.
The letter reiterated “it is not extended to private agency staff in the NHS” – but nursing agency bosses described it as “simply incorrect and dismissive”.
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