Coronavirus bereavement scheme extended to social care workers

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 22, 2020

The Government has announced that the scheme, which previously only covered doctors and nurses, has been extended to NHS support staff and social care workers "in recognition of their tireless dedication and selflessness".

The Home Office has reversed its block on granting indefinite leave to remain to the families of care workers and NHS support staff who die after contracting coronavirus.

It applies to all hospital support workers, including cleaners and porters, social care staff and care home workers, the Home Office said.

This is effective "immediately and retrospectively" after criticism from Labour and trade unions.

The Government has also been criticised for failing to exempt foreign health workers from the NHS surcharge, requiring people from outside the European Economic Area to pay a fee to access the health service.

"We want to ensure families have the support they need and so this will be effective immediately and retrospectively".

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "Every death in this crisis is a tragedy, and sadly some NHS support staff and social care workers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of saving the lives of others".

The UK has so far officially recorded 312 healthcare-related deaths from coronavirus - 181 of them in the NHS and 131 social care workers within the healthcare sector.

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