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Health Staff: We have agreed a change to sick leave during the Coronavirus crisis. All new starts in the service (Agenda for Change, Medical and Dental and Executive and Senior Manager) were entitled to a month of sick leave on full pay, and in the vast majority of cases this should be enough time to recover from the disease and cease to be infectious.

However, the Scottish Government appreciates that staff will be worried about this issue and, following consultation with Employer and Staff Side contacts, we have decided that, where staff fall sick with Coronavirus and need to be absent from work, all staff should be treated as if they have five or more years’ service and therefore have access to up to six months sick leave on full pay.

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