But the grieving families of any heroes not in the official NHS Pension scheme – like locums, many foreign workers or those on fixed-contracts – will not get any financial support. Now leading MPs have backed our calls for a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme for ALL those killed in their nation’s service against the pandemic.
The cross-party support of the Daily Express crusade comes after the idea was first suggested by health campaigning Lib Dem MP Layla Moran.
Robert Goodwill, Tory MP for Scarborough and Whitby, said: “I wholeheartedly support the Daily Express crusade.
“It is vital our NHS health workers know we will support their loved-ones if the worst was to happen and they succumbed to this terrible virus.
“It is also important that the grieving families of any foreign workers in our NHS, on temporary visas who die, are also supported and not deported.”
Tim Farron, Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, told the Daily Express: “Those on the front line in the battle against coronavirus are heroes.
“Just like the armed forces, they should know that if the worst happens, the state will help their families.”
Daisy Coooper, Lib Dem MP for St Albans, said: “I strongly back this campaign and urge the Government to introduce this. Our frontline deserve nothing less.”
Working NHS doctor Dan Poulter, Tory MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said: “Healthcare workers are on the frontline.
“So it is only right when putting their lives on the line there is adequate compensation provided to their families should they lose their lives.”
Alan Brown, SNP MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, told us: “These workers are risking their own lives for our health and wellbeing – they deserve the security and comfort this brings.”
Rushanara Ali, Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, said: “NHS workers have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save others.
“This scheme would support those who’ve lost loved ones during this difficult time.”
Christine Jardine, Scottish Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, said: “It’s a tragedy over 100 NHS workers have now lost their lives – their families must be supported.
“That is why I wholehearted back this campaign and I urge everyone to do so.”
Dr Lisa Cameron, SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, said: “It is extremely important we support this campaign, mark their bravery and commit to fully supporting the grieving families they have left behind.”
Debbie Abrahams, Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: “A coronavirus compensation scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives in the face of COVID-19.”
Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham and Lib Dem spokesman on Health, Wellbeing & Social Care, told us: “The sacrifice must be recognised.
“We are also calling on the Government to look at a frontline service payment, similar to the military personnel deployment allowance.”
Dame Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North, said: “A proper scheme will ensure families of those who have lost their lives do not suffer hardship.
“It is the least we can do.”
Charles Walker, Tory MP for Broxbourne, said: “We are living in unprecedented times.
“If you lose your life in the service of your country this seems simply the right thing to do.”
Alistair Carmichael, Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland, said: “The Prime Minister speaks of the war against coronavirus. He is right to do so.
“In any war the nation recognises the heroism of those who go into battle to protect us and our way of life. This war should be no different.”
Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West, said: “Over 100 of our brave healthcare workers have died of COVID-19.
“This desperately sad number emphasises how important the Coronavirus compensation scheme for front line workers is.”
Alex Sobel, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage and MP for Leeds North-West, said: “NHS staff get up every day and put their lives at risk.
“They must have the same protection we would give British military personnel sent to risk their lives abroad.”
Fabian Hamilton, Labour MP for Leeds North-East, told us: “NHS staff truly are the best of us. Sadly some have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“This virus does not discriminate against who it infects and makes seriously ill, regardless of age or circumstance.”
Fleur Anderson, Labour MP for Putney, said: “So I’m supporting the campaign because clapping and badges just aren’t enough to show how grateful we are.
“We can show our national gratitude in this way.”
Sir Roger Gale, Tory MP for North Thanet, said: “Our Health Service workers are operating under difficult and dangerous conditions.
“The very least we can do is to offer the reassurance that if anything happens to them their families will be properly provided for.”
Sir Mike Penning, Tory MP for Hemel Hempstead and an ex-Army paramedic, told us: “In exceptional times, exceptional people are stepping forward at great risk.
“It is only right NHS staff are treated in the same way as our Armed Forces when they step onto the frontline.”
Jamie Stone, Scottish Lib Dem MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, said: “We owe everything to the people risking their lives on the front line.
“If key workers lose their life performing these jobs during the pandemic, their family should be entitled to the same compensation as our military heroes.”
Virenda Sharma, Labour MP for Ealing Southall, told us: “Every life lost is a tragedy.
“This is not about apportioning blame, but instead respecting and in a small way repaying their sacrifice.”
Rosie Cooper, Labour MP West Lancashire, said: “It is only right that this scheme is started urgently.
“We need to ensure that for anyone whose life is lost in this battle that their family is supported as much as they can possibly be.”
The Daily Express is demanding grieving families receive compensation akin to that paid to Armed Forces personnel who die on active service, topping up their pension pay-out.
The proposed scheme would include a lump sum, a guaranteed income for their family, child payments and contributions towards funeral costs.
So far more than 8,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the compensation scheme.
The Department of Health and Social Care said of the call for increased coronavirus death benefits: “The death of any NHS worker is a tragedy.
“We are evaluating the existing financial support for families of those on the front-line.”
• To sign the petition, click on the link the https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-coronavirus-compensation-scheme
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