UK announces £60,000 for kin of NHS doctors who die on frontline

UK announces £60,000 for kin of NHS doctors who die on frontline

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced a pay-out payment of £60,000 for families of NHS and social care frontline workers who die due to Coronavirus.

The insurance will cover staff who provide hands-on personal care for people who contracted coronavirus or work in an environment which has a high risk of the virus.

Hancock said, “Families of staff who die from coronavirus in the course of their essential frontline work will receive a £60,000 payment.” He further added, “Of course, nothing replaces the loss of a loved one, but we want to do everything we can to support families who are dealing with this grief.”

This will cover full-time, part-time or locum NHS and public health workers, including GPs, dentists, retired staff and second and final year students taking up paid frontline roles.

Within social care, the scheme will cover employees of publicly funded care homes, home care, directly employed carers including personal assistants and frontline child and family social workers also including cleaners and porters who continue to carry out vital duties in care environments. This scheme extends to all NHS frontline professionals’ whichever country they come from.

Calling this “long overdue” announcement with “some immediate financial relief,” British Medical Association says, “it might not go far enough.” They added, “It could leave families bereft of longer-term financial security, particularly if their loved one was not a current member of the NHS pension scheme or had only recently joined the scheme."

As the number of health workers losing lives from Covid-19 continues to rise, the doctors’ union had persistently requested the Government to provide all NHS staff with full death in service benefits regardless of whether they are a member of the NHS Pension Scheme or not.