DAUK in Medscape: Frontline Health Workers’ Death Payments Criticised

Chair of the Doctor’s Association UK, Dr. Rinesh Parmar, speaks out in a recent Medscape article on supporting the families of healthcare staff who die due to COVID-19. 

Following an announcement by the Government on April 27th that a single payment of £60,000 would be given to affected families in England, concerns have been raised about the apparent lack of long-term support offered by such a policy.

Dr. Parmar said in a statement: “Matt Hancock delivered a further kick in the teeth to many grieving families of NHS and social care staff who have sadly died in the line of duty. He was successful in delivering a political sound bite in place of a policy that would adequately safeguard the dependants who dedicated front line staff leave behind.

NHS and social care staff have displayed their unwavering commitment to patients despite concerns about their own safety and the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE).”

The DAUK Chair called for further action from the Government, stating:

“The scheme fails to appropriately recognise the dedication, selflessness and contribution of colleagues who have paid the ultimate price. As we observe a minute silence today we call on the Health Secretary to reflect on his announcement and make a commitment towards the ongoing support of families of NHS and social care workers who have died in service of us all.”
— Dr. Rinesh Parmar, DAUK Chair

The Doctors’ Association UK continues to advocate for a policy that would provide long-term support to families of healthcare workers who lose their lives during the COVID 19 pandemic.