Thousands of women will receive cash payments after a deal was reached to settle historic equal pay claims against NHS Scotland.

The trade union Unison had raised the action and said it was "great news" a deal had now been reached.

About 3,000 workers will receive between £350 and £850, before tax and National Insurance, as a result of the agreement

Unison regional organiser Willie Duffy said the deal recognised there had been "inequalities" in the pay system that was in place prior to 2004.

He added: "This has been a long time coming and I am pleased to have achieved it without further prolonged employment tribunal proceedings."

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: "I welcome this agreement. The current pay system in NHS Scotland ensures that all staff are reimbursed fairly.

"But where there have been discriminatory practices in the past, it is right that disadvantaged staff are compensated. This settlement achieves that aim for these employees and allows all parties to move forward."

Those who are eligible for a payment will receive letters "in due course" outlining their settlements, Unison legal officer Suzanne Craig said.

She stated: "This is great news and Unison hopes that NHS employers will be able to make early payment. However, there are legal steps that have to be taken.

"Where members are eligible for a payment they will receive individual letters, in due course, outlining their settlement figures. I want to thank everyone for their patience while this is sorted out."