A BEREAVEMENT scheme should be set up for the families of key workers who die due to coronavirus, an MP has said.

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has tcalled for a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme to give support to the families of the men and women who die in the fight against coronavirus.

The MP said the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is 'an excellent template', and called on the government to implement the system urgently.

The Coronavirus Compensation Scheme would be open to the families of those classified as key workers, including NHS and social care staff as well as teachers.

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Ms Moran said: “While no money could ever compensate for any loss of life, setting up a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme would provide security and comfort for those risking their lives at this time of crisis.

“On Wednesday I wrote to the Health Secretary asking him to consider this, after an NHS frontline worker wrote into my virtual surgery on BBC Radio Oxford, asking what would happen to their young daughter if either they or their spouse, also a key worker, died from coronavirus.

“Following the tragic death of a doctor in the UK, I’m now urgently calling on the UK Government to create a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme for those who, as dedicated and committed professionals, have no choice but to engage in this battle and lose their life in service to our country. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is an excellent template.

“I have set up a petition for the Coronavirus Compensation Scheme, and I hope all those in support will sign it.”

The petition can be found at change.org