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Covid-19: Recognise long covid as occupational disease and compensate frontline workers, say MPs

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 19 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n503

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The health, wellbeing, and employment arrangements for people with Long Covid remain unaddressed

  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

MPs have stepped up pressure on ministers to recognise “long covid” as an occupational disease and to compensate frontline health and other key workers living with its “debilitating” effects.

The proposal by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has won the backing of 65 MPs and peers, as well as the BMA.1

Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP who chairs the group, said that “heroes of the pandemic” who contracted covid-19 while serving the public should be eligible for regular monthly compensation payments. “These are the people who saved our lives, quite literally . . . and it’s only right we save their livelihoods,” she told the BBC’s …

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