Lib Dems in B&NES are backing a plan to award community service medals to all key workers, as part of a comprehensive frontline care package.
Odd Down Councillor Steve Hedges has been a strong advocate for NHS staff and other key workers, pressing for greater recognition of their extraordinary efforts during the ongoing pandemic.
Steve said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of a war, with key workers in B&NES and across the country risking their own health on a daily basis to look after those with the virus, keep our shops stocked with essentials and getting other key workers to and from their workplace.
“Like a war, those on the frontlines deserve to be given a medal to recognise all they have done to keep us safe and for the families of those who have lost their lives.
“The medal would be an official way to show our gratitude to frontline workers, but it's only right that it comes with a package of practical support as well.”
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a comprehensive support and recognition package for NHS and social care workers. Other parts of the package include:
Better Protection: NHS staff are being put at unnecessary risk because the personal protective equipment they need isn't available. The plan includes comprehensive measures to cut through the red tape and ramp up production of vital PPE.
Practical Help: With NHS and care staff working long hours and worried about their own families, they deserve extra help and support with the practical things in life, if and when they need it during the pandemic. The package would put in place the support they deserve.
Frontline service reward: Just as military service personnel receive a deployment allowance of £29 per day on active duty, the same principle should apply to NHS and care staff putting themselves in danger during the coronavirus epidemic.
- Bereavement and funeral support: The NHS has a “death in service” scheme – but it’s not as generous as the military’s and many key workers on the coronavirus frontline aren’t eligible. All NHS and care workers must be eligible. The Government must also agree to pay for all the funerals of key workers who die trying to protect others from Coronavirus.
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