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Wednesday, 29 May 2024 – 21:16

Lib Dems call for military style financial support package for health and care staff

Acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey has said that Downing Street should consider creating a “front-line support package” to reward key workers.

The Lib Dems have suggested that health and care staff working on the front-line could receive a financial bonus of an extra £29 a day for the duration of the lockdown. The suggestion follows a current package which has been in place since 2010 where members of the UK military are entitled to a daily operational allowance of £29.02 when they are deployed to work on some operations classified as being in ‘demanding’ conflicts. 

Sir Ed said that millions of key workers are “risking their lives to protect others” and said that “the top priority for front-line staff is protection”. He added;

“We should never ask our military to risk their lives without the proper kit, and we shouldn’t be leaving health and care workers without sufficient protective kit either.

“When the country emerges from this crisis, we must also properly recognise those who were willing to serve and make a sacrifice, just as we do with military forces.”

Under new guidelines, NHS staff have been advised to reuse pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) in some cases due to expected shortages.

So far, 43 NHS workers are confirmed to have died after contracting the COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

The government has said it is working hard to support front-line staff.


Photo: Sir Ed Davey | Credit: Liberal Democrats via Flickr under licence (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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