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, following a call for compensation from a frontline NHS worker in Oxfordshire on Layla’s virtual surgery earlier this week.
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.
During Layla’s virtual surgery on BBC Radio Oxford on Wednesday morning, a frontline NHS worker wrote in, asking whether there is any compensation planned for key worker families in the event they die from COVID-19.
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.
Commenting, Layla said:
“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.”
Layla’s letter following the virtual surgery can be read here: http://www.laylamoran.com/layla_moran_takes_action_after_holding_virtual_surgery_on_bbc_radio_oxford
Petition text: Those on the front line of this battle against Coronavirus are heroes. However the risks to themselves and their families that they are taking on a daily basis are not recognised.
They are putting their lives on the line, and they deserve to be protected. Just like members of the armed forces they should know that if the worst happens, the state will help their families.
We call on the UK Government to create a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme for those who, as dedicated and committed professionals, are bravely putting themselves in harms way to protect us all.
It should mirror the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and include:
a lump sum up front
a guaranteed income for their family
child payments to eligible children under 18
Furthermore, given the extraordinary nature of this crisis, the state should also contribute to funeral costs.
While no money could ever compensate for any loss of life, setting up this scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives at this time of crisis.
Our gratitude is limitless, and this small show of recognition is the very least we should do.