Layla Moran MP calls for compensation scheme following death of first UK doctor
Scheme should be modelled on Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
Petition has been set up for the public to register their support
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today called for a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme to give much-needed support to the families of the men and women who will die fighting coronavirus for our country.
The MP said that “The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is an excellent template”, and called on the Government to implement a system as a matter of urgency.
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:
“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 at this time of crisis.
“On Wednesday I wrote to the Health Secretary asking him to consider this, after an NHS frontline worker wrote into my virtual surgery on BBC Radio Oxford, asking what would happen to their young daughter if either they or their spouse, also a key worker, died from coronavirus.
“Following the tragic death of a doctor in the UK, I’m now urgently calling on the UK Government to create a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme for those who, as dedicated and committed professionals, have no choice but to engage in this battle and lose their life in service to our country. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is an excellent template.
“I have set up a petition for the Coronavirus Compensation Scheme, and I hope all those in support will sign it.”