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Bereavement scheme extended to NHS support staff and social care workers

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The bereavement scheme has been extended to the families and dependants of NHS support staff and social care workers who die as a result of contracting coronavirus.

The offer of indefinite leave to remain will be effective immediately and retrospectively.

Commenting on the move, home secretary Priti Patel, said: “Every death in this crisis is a tragedy, and sadly some NHS support staff and social care workers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of saving the lives of others.

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“When I announced the introduction of the bereavement scheme in April, I said we would continue to work across government to look at ways to offer further support. Today we are extending the scheme to NHS support staff and social care workers.”

She added: “We want to ensure families have the support they need and so this will be effective immediately and retrospectively.”

The bereavement scheme was initially launched in April for health workers in the NHS and independent health and care sector.

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