Coronavirus: Bereaved frontline families entitled to £60,000

HEALTH Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today (27 April) families of NHS and frontline staff who died from coronavirus will receive a £60,000 payment as part of the new “life assurance scheme”, reports the BBC.

Mr Hancock said as of today (27 April) 82 NHS staff and 16 care workers have died from coronavirus.

“They have dedicated their lives to caring for others, and I have a deep personal sense of duty that we must care for their loved ones,” he adds.

The health secretary has announced a “life assurance scheme” for NHS and frontline staff.

He says the family of staff who die from coronavirus will receive a £60,000 payment.

He adds: “Nothing replaces the loss of loved one but we want to do everything we can for their grieving families.”

A reporter asked whether overseas workers or those who have come back to the NHS after retiring will be entitled.

Matt Hancock said yes, adding: “This is for frontline staff working in the NHS and social care who die and are employees.”

And he repeats the government is looking at other groups of workers who may need a similar scheme.

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