50 cross-party MPs and over 1150 members of the public have backed Layla Moran MP’s campaign for a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme, for the families of key frontline workers who lose their lives to the virus.
The MPs’ letter to the Prime Minister states that ‘those on the frontline of this battle against coronavirus are heroes,’ before advocating for a ‘mirror [of] the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.’
Three doctors have already lost their lives to the virus. The call also follows reports that hundreds of doctors are less likely to return to the frontline or increase their hours because they fear their families will not be properly compensated if they lose their lives.
The Coronavirus Compensation Scheme should be open to the families of those classified as key workers, notably NHS and social care staff as well as teachers.
Layla Moran MP commented:
“Our gratitude to all those on the frontline, who are working to save and help others, is limitless. They are putting their lives on the line and they should know that, should the worst happen, the state will help their families.
“That’s why, while no money could ever compensate for any loss of life, setting up a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives.
“I’d like to thank the 50 cross-party MPs and 1150 members of the public who’ve supported the campaign so far. It’s time for the Government to take notice and introduce this compassionate Compensation Scheme without delay.”