A ‘one- minute silence’ will take place today in tribute to brave frontline workers who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Boris Johnson prepares to lead the country to honour the NHS heroes. Matt Hanock announced that Families of NHS workers who die on the novel coronavirus frontline will be entitled to £60,000 cash help.
This came after the cross-party group consisting of 50 MPs wrote to Boris Johnson requesting him to set up the compensation scheme. Mr Hancock said that we need to do every possible thing to support the families who are dealing with the grief of losing their loved ones as nothing can replace the loss of a loved one. He added that they are also looking at other professions not having access to such compensation schemes to check if it may be needed.
Mr Hancock said this scheme would cover the NHS and social care workers who died working at the frontline and it would be like a life insurance policy. He said that 82 NHS staff and 15 social care workers died so far during the coronavirus crisis but the actual number of deaths is expected to be even higher than this.
According to the Press Association, since 25th March, more than 90 NHS front line workers are confirmed to have died because of COVID-19. The BMA said that the sum may provide immediate financial aid but it might leave the families deprived of long-term financial security, especially if the deceased one was not the current member of the pension scheme or just had recently joined the pension scheme.
The chairman of BMA pensions committee, Dr.Vishal Sharma said that while this single instalment may appear to be a sizeable whole, it comes not even close to the compensating families for their lifetime income their adored one may have earned if they hadn’t kicked the bucket rashly, battling this emergency on the forefront. This is especially valid for youth or lately qualified staff.
Dave Prentis, the general secretary also encouraged the move. He said that providing financial support to the families of all the frontline workers who have paid the price of their dedication and professionalism is the least we can do.
Downing Street said that Boris Johnson and other ministers will also take part in this. This comes after healthcare workers crying out for the personal protective equipment to ensure their safety from the coronavirus.
Doctors and Nurses have told how had to wear aprons which don’t even fully cover their bodies and were told to rewash their personal protective equipment to make ends meet during coronavirus crisis.
Ministers have donated billions of bits of PPE and said that they won’t end the lockdown until PPEstocks can be ensured for all specialists. Mr Hancock revealed that more NHS services will be revived from tomorrow including for cancer treatment. He encouraged Brits to approach if they need assistance, saying that the NHS is open for any individual who needs it.
It was reported that one of the NHS frontline worker 51 years old, Laura Tanner died while gasping for breath in her husband Kevin’s arms after a fierce battle with COVID-19. She died while waiting for the arrival of paramedics.
Kevin, 49 years old has now spoken of grief after his wife died. He said that it was horrific and he still having the nightmares. He shared that Laura was unable to get out of her bed or eat but that day she got up and was stumbling around downstairs like she had a bad panic attack. She was struggling to breathe, her eyes became small and her breathing got shallower and shallower and died in his arms.