HCSA gives cautious welcome to belated death in service scheme

HCSA has given a cautious welcome to the Secretary of State’s announcement of death-in-service benefits for NHS workers.

A spokesman said: “This long-awaited announcement will offer an element of security to the loved ones of NHS workers who pay the ultimate price for their dedication to the health and wellbeing of all in society.

“HCSA wrote to Matt Hancock in mid-March calling on him to bring in a scheme to ensure that those NHS staff who die serving the country in the fight against this terrible virus.

“We welcome news today that it will be backdated in line with our calls, and are saddened that it has taken the government so long to come forward with a plan to give some certainty and support to these families.

“It is only right that we should ensure that dependents are looked after and are supported as they grieve for those they have lost.

“However, we are concerned that these vital payments may fall short of giving the level of financial security which families of NHS front line workers might normally expect under such a scheme. This will be a particularly acute issue where the deceased may not be part of the NHS Pension scheme.”

Full details of the scheme have not yet been released, and HCSA is currently seeking further clarification.