Bereaved families of front line health & care staff to get £60,000
Bereaved families of health & care workers on the frontline will benefit from a new life assurance scheme. Families of eligible frontline workers who die from coronavirus in the course of their work will receive a £60,000 payment.
The scheme recognises the increased risk faced by staff during the crisis. It will cover COVID-19 deaths of workers in frontline health and adult and children’s social care roles during the outbreak. It will cover staff who provide hands-on personal care for people who have contracted coronavirus or work in health or care settings where the virus is present.
Bereaved family members will receive a £60,000 lump sum worth roughly twice the average pensionable pay for NHS staff, with the cost met by the government. Employers will be asked to initiate claims on behalf of the individual’s families. These will be verified and processed by the NHS Business Services Authority. They will work with employers to ensure claims are handled swiftly and sensitively.
The scheme will cover full, part-time, locum NHS and public health workers. This includes GPs, dentists, retired staff, and second and final year students taking up paid frontline roles.
In social care, the scheme will cover health workers working in:-
- publicly funded care homes.
- home care.
- directly employed carers including personal assistants
- frontline child social workers.
- family social workers.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“Nothing can make up for the tragic loss of a loved one during this pandemic. We owe a huge debt to those who die in service to our nation and are doing everything we can to protect them.
“Financial worries should be the last thing on the minds of their families so in recognition of these unprecedented circumstances we are expanding financial protection to NHS and social care workers delivering publicly funded care on the frontline.
“We will continue to strive night and day to provide them with the support and protection they need and deserve to keep them safe as they work tirelessly to save lives.”
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