Dan Poulter MP urges government to set up coronavirus compensation scheme
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dan Poulter has urged the government to set up a compensation scheme for the families of key front-line workers who lose their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alongside 50 cross-party MPs, Dr Poulter signed a letter to the Prime Minister asking for a scheme – mirroring what is already in place for the Armed Forces – to be introduced so that the families of key workers, notably NHS and social care staff, are sufficiently compensated in the event that they die battling the virus.
Set up by fellow MP Layla Moran, the campaign, which has also launched a petition signed by more than 5,000 members of the public, asks for bereaved families to receive a lump sum of money, along with a guaranteed income for their family, child payments to children under 18 and contributions towards funeral costs.
The call follows reports that hundreds of doctors are less likely to return to the front-line because they fear their families will not be properly compensated if they lose their lives.
Dr Poulter, who served as health minister from 2012 to 2015, said: “Those on the front-line, who are putting themselves selflessly in harm’s way every day to save others, deserve to know that their families will be supported and looked after if the worst happens.
“A coronavirus compensation scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives in the face of Covid-19, although, of course, no amount of money could ever compensate for any loss of life.
“That’s why I am calling on the Government to introduce this compassionate compensation scheme without delay.”