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MP backs compensation scheme for families of NHS workers who die in coronavirus fight

Credit: PA/ MP Layla Moran

A Cumbrian MP is among 50 that have written to the Prime Minister calling for a compensation scheme for frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Westmorland and Lonsdale's Tim Farron signed the letter which would ensure families of staff “who die as a result of contracting Covid-19 while performing frontline duties” are financially protected.

Liberal Democrats MP Layla Moran shared the letter to Boris Johnson on Twitter - it has been backed by fifty cross-party MPs.

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The letter reads: "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

"This would be in addition to pension benefits. 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."

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