British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a tribute with US Chancellor Rishi Sunak at 10 Downing Street for the National Health Service (NHS) and other key workers in nursing homes and public transportation at 11 am local time.
So far 82 NHS staff are known to have died after testing positive for the corona virus, including many that are rooted in India.
Chief People Officer from India at the NHS, Prerana Issar, said that the NHS UK is considering how to officially commemorate all those who have died while working to treat others once health services are funded by the state through the peak of the virus. .
The NHS family will jointly pay tribute to everyone in the health and care sector who have lost their lives due to the corona virus, Issar said.
All of them, whatever work they do, makes a difference and helps others. That’s why we will join this national moment – to remember those we have lost and to appreciate everything they do for us, he said.
The award was given when the government announced a new time-bound insurance scheme for families of public sector health workers such as those who lost their lives while serving during the pandemic, with a Life Guarantee Scheme worth 60,000 pounds.
Financial worries must be the last thing on the minds of their families so that by recognizing this unprecedented situation, we are extending financial protection to the NHS and social care workers who provide publicly funded care at the forefront, said British Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Nothing can make up for the tragic loss of loved ones during this pandemic. We owe a great debt to those who die in service for our country and do everything we can to protect them.
We will continue to work day and night to give them the support and protection they need and deserve to keep them safe because they work tirelessly to save lives, he said.
He said that grieving family members would receive a £ 60,000 lump sum, worth roughly double the average salary for NHS staff, with costs met by the government.
This will include full, part time or locum NHS and public health workers, including general practitioners, dentists, retired staff and second and final year students taking paid frontline roles.
While the details of the scheme have not yet been finalized, it is hoped that foreign doctors from countries such as India must also qualify for this compensation – including their families who may be based in their home countries.
This scheme is intended for those who die from the corona virus during important work and save their lives. This includes those who provide direct care as well as cleaners and coolies who continue to carry out important tasks in this care environment.
The British Medical Association (BMA), a union of doctors lobbying for deaths in protection services, welcomed the new scheme but asked for further details to ensure it went far enough.
While this single payment may seem a large enough amount, the payment does not approach a substitute family for the lifetime income that their loved ones might earn if they do not die prematurely, fighting this crisis on the front lines. This is especially true for young staff or those who have just qualified, said Dr. Vishal Sharma, Chair of the BMA Committee.
As more families deal with the loss of loved ones as the number of deaths for frontline workers increases, they should not also face a future without financial security. The BMA will examine carefully the details of the government’s Life Guarantee Scheme, he added.
Coronavirus cases in the UK have reached 158,348 while 21,092 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University trackers.