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Signing off sick for coronavirus (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

NHS workers on outsourced contracts are often not able to claim sick pay for the first three days of illness, which presents them with a choice between self-isolation and paying the bills. Will you raise this with NHS partners? Will you raise this with NHS partners and ask them to assure you that all staff, whether directly or indirectly employed, will be able to follow public health guidance without impacting their personal finances and to ensure the continued resilience of NHS services? And will you ask them to assure you that all staff in London, whether directly or indirectly employed, will be able to follow public health guidance without impacting their personal finances and to ensure the continued resilience of NHS services’?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

This is a very fast moving emergency situation, so please note that this response was based on the developments and advice given at the time.

We all need to work together to protect the health of all Londoners, and all employers and employees need to ensure they are following all health protection guidance from Public Health England.

Employers have a specific statutory duty of care for people’s health and safety at work and should look at how they can support the financial wellbeing of their staff, so that sick people have time to recover and the rest of the workforce and community are protected. The government’s confirmation that statutory sick pay will be paid from day one is welcome. But at £94.25 a week it has the potential to disrupt the incomes of the most vulnerable groups. I urge the government to go further in their support for the most vulnerable.

I am aware that many services in the NHS are delivered through outsourced contracts and I will raise this as part of my ongoing resilience discussions with the NHS.