During this national crisis, all governments in the UK have a choice: to do everything in their power to guarantee adequate protection and support for every NHS worker, or to do nothing and let even more health workers die.
That’s why we are asking MPs across the four nations to commit to giving every NHS worker the support and protection they need to keep patients safe as they tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
The five below demands are crucial to giving every NHS worker the protection and support they need to keep themselves and their patients safe during this pandemic.
We’ve scored the four governments — here’s how they stack up:
- On 27 April 2020, the Health Secretary announced a £60,000 compensation package for NHS workers who have died from COVID-19 after undertaking essential frontline work. While this is a step in the right direction, we are still waiting to see the detail of the policy and whether this extends to locum and temporary staff and other healthcare workers not on the frontline.
- In contrast, Scotland has guaranteed that all NHS staff including locums will be eligible for full death-in-service benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a full lump sum as well as survivor’s pension benefits available under the terms of the NHS pension scheme.