Government’s life assurance scheme extended to include care workers

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Care England, a representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will extend the life assurance scheme to care workers.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Unfortunately this pandemic has taken the lives of many of our wonderful care staff. Care England wants to acknowledge the Government for making this scheme available to all care workers.  This is a tangible way in which they have shown that they see health and social care as to interdependent systems, and they recognise the value of all health and care staff in whatever place they work”.

Launched in April, the life assurance scheme was initially for health workers in the NHS and independent sector.  As of yesterday, it has been extended to NHS support staff and social care workers.  The scheme recognises the increased risk faced by staff during the crisis and covers corona virus related deaths of workers in frontline health and social care roles during the outbreak.  A payment of £60,000 will be made to the estate of the eligible individuals who die from coronavirus contracted during their frontline essential work.  More information is available here https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-and-social-care-coronavirus-life-assurance-scheme-2020-0

Martin Green continues:
“Care England welcomes the fact that CQC registered providers are eligible regardless of whether they are publicly funded or not”.

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