The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has asked the government to include community pharmacists in the life assurance scheme announced on Monday.

In a letter sent to Matt Hancock, PDA has requested the Health Secretary that “he confirm the arrangement he announced also applies to community pharmacists.”

At the daily government press briefing on April 27, Hancock announced that families of frontline NHS staff in England who died from coronavirus would be entitled to a £60,000 payment. However, detail of the scheme were not immediately available.

The PDA said three pharmacists, including two who worked in the community sector, had died from coronavirus.

“Their families and others who sadly may also fall to this virus, deserve to know that they are valued and recognised by the government as much as their colleagues directly employed by the NHS,” the letter addressed directly to the Health Secretary stated.

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