There is no national data detailing how many NHS staff have Long Covid in the UK. The DHSC has confirmed they do not hold this data, nor do they intend to collect it
The number of healthcare workers with Long Covid is likely to increase over time. We now know the chances of post-covid sequalae increase with each acute covid infection. Many health care workers report frequent reinfections, partly due to inadequate infection protection and control (IPC) guidance (Ferris et al. 2021).
Research conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus has estimated NHS England lost 1.82 million healthcare worker days to Long Covid from March 2020 to September 2021 (APPG Coronavirus 2022).
Healthcare workers have been working on the frontline throughout the pandemic often without adequate protective equipment. For a significant proportion of healthcare workers their reward has been Long Covid and an uncertain future both professionally and personally.
Other healthcare workers have also been impacted by Long Covid including people employed in the third sector such as hospice staff, and public health practitioners employed by local councils or public health bodies.
No safety net
There is currently no financial safety net for healthcare workers with Long Covid despite the Coronavirus APPG recommending that the UK Government should launch a compensation scheme available to all frontline key workers currently living with Long Covid.
To prevent and alleviate poverty and financial hardship for healthcare workers who developed post-acute covid-19 complications (Long Covid) following Covid-19 which was acquired because of carrying out their duties during the pandemic, whether or not they are still employed, by providing financial grants to individuals and/or other organisations and charities with similar aims.
The promotion of equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religion among health care workers with post-acute covid-19 complications (Long Covid) will underpin all that we do.
We are in the process of applying for charitable status. To achieve this we need some help. We are looking for:
- Additional trustees, including a social media lead– we anticipate trustees will undertake a one year term, in the first instance.
- Volunteers to help with a range of tasks.
- People with a high profile on social media who can promote the work of SHH-UK.
For information on how to apply to be a trustee or a volunteer please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a registered charity, we want to show the Charity Commission that we can raise money. Given this we have set up a JustGiving page and are aiming to raise £5,000.
Once the charity is established and registered, we hope to be in position to start giving financial hardship grants to affected healthcare workers in the coming months.
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