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Pharmacists included in £60k life assurance scheme

Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed community pharmacists will be included in the Government’s Covid-19 life assurance scheme for health workers. On Thursday April 30, Mr Hancock announced he was “glad to be able to confirm that community pharmacists are included in our death in service benefits. Because they are employed in a different way, it is arranged in a different way, but pharmacists are a vital part of our NHS family. They are of course covered.”

Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill said she was “glad we can give clarity today” and that pharmacists are “vital to our fight against coronavirus”. This followed an announcement from Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething the previous afternoon confirming that community pharmacists in Wales would be included in the scheme.