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1. Health and Social Care Workers (“HSCWs”) are defined as all those who work, whether voluntarily or for remuneration, for the advancement of the health of the public including (though not limited to) medical doctors, nurses, midwives, hospital workers and those involved in the provision of social care whether in a community or residential setting.

2. The Group’s membership is open to all HSCWs who have been directly or indirectly affected by covid infection which results in post-acute covid health complications (“PACHCs”) or those who have a particular interest in the condition. Membership is also open to HSCWs who have suffered psychological injury as a result of caring for patients with covid and/or PACHCs.

3. The Group’s membership is open to other campaign organisations or groups with a common purpose or interest save insofar as those groups are comprised of HSCWs.

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A. To establish the degree to which the UK was prepared for, and responded appropriately to, a global pandemic arising from a novel respiratory pathogen, including:

i. To ascertain the degree to which lessons were learnt from previous outbreaks of novel respiratory pathogens.

ii. To ascertain the degree to which precautionary and/or preventative action was planned and/or taken following any lessons which were learnt from previous outbreaks of novel respiratory pathogens.

iii. To establish the degree to which the UK took note of medical and scientific discovery in planning for a global pandemic as well as the degree to which note was taken of pandemic planning in other countries.

iv. To establish the degree to which morbidity (as well as mortality) was considered in the UK’s pandemic planning.

v. To establish what steps were taken and when, to commission studies into morbidity arising from SARS-CoV-2 and what subsequent steps were taken to implement the recommendations of these studies.

vi. To establish the degree to which proper regard was had to the precautionary principle and particularly in relation to Government’s early messaging about the airborne transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2.

vii. To establish the degree to which the Government’s guidance to healthcare workers was formulated and promulgated on the basis of the availability of stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) rather than best scientific and medical understanding.

B: To employ the information acquired at (a) above to seek justice for those infected and affected by PACHCs including, but not limited to:

i. Seeking to engage with the UK Covid 2 Public Inquiry;

ii. Seeking to establish whether legal proceedings may be brought against the Secretary of State (or such other person or body) for the negligent failure to take adequate care to prevent transmission of SARS CoV-2 to healthcare workers and, if so, to issue such proceedings;

iii. To campaign for the immediate improvement of health and social care workplaces by employing the foremost technologies and personal protective equipment to prevent viral transmissions including, but not limited to, air filtering and ventilation technologies and the availability of respiratory protective equipment over inferior face coverings for all HSCWs.

iv. To campaign for the prompt assessment and treatment of HSCWs who are injured through the transmission of disease during the course of their work;

v. To campaign for SARS-CoV-2 to be recognised as an occupational disease;

vi. To campaign for the reinstatement of full sickness benefits for healthcare workers who are unable to work or unable to resume full time work as a result of PACHCs conditions;

vii. To campaign for greater planning for morbidity consequences of novel diseases;

viii. To campaign for further research to be commissioned to improve the understanding of, and best methods of treatment for, PACHCs conditions.

C. To act as a support group for members and as an information sharing vehicle.

D. To expand membership to all HSCWs who wish to join and support the aims and objectives of the Group.

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Frequently asked questions

What is inheritance law?

Inheritance law governs what happens to a person’s money and assets (their estate) after they pass away. Legal practitioners who specialise in this aspect of law are called inheritance lawyers, or inheritance solicitors.

Many individual disciplines fall under the umbrella of inheritance law. These include will writing, probates and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Is writing a will important?

It’s important to consider writing a will because it gives you control over your estate. Your estate is everything you own at the time of your death, including money, property and personal possessions.

By writing a will, you can decide how your estate is split up and make sure your wealth goes to people or causes you care about.

If you pass away without writing a will, you’re said to have died “intestate”. This means the government will split your wealth according to pre-defined rules. In other words, you won’t be able to choose who gets what.

What does Lasting Power of Attorney mean?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets someone else make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so. It’s a way of protecting yourself and your family if you lose the mental capacity to deal with your own affairs.

When you register an LPA, you appoint a trusted person to deal with things like selling property, arranging medical care and moving into a care home. There are two types of LPA. One that is for property and financial affairs and can be used when you require assistance with your affairs. The other one deals with Health and Welfare and comes into effect when you can no longer make these decisions for yourself.

Consider it a form of insurance for the worst-case scenario. Nobody wants to dwell on these kinds of “what if?” questions, but without an LPA things only get more complicated and stressful for everyone involved. At Milners, we strongly recommend preparing an LPA – just in case.

What does probate mean?

Probate is the process of handling a deceased person’s estate – their money, property and personal possessions. It involves proving that a will is valid (if there is one) and determining who has authority to look after the estate. The person with this authority is called an executor.

It’s the executor’s job to distribute the deceased person’s assets according to their will. If the person who died didn’t write a will, then the law determines who inherits what according to regulations called “rules of intestacy”.

If there are disagreements about the contents of a will, these can escalate into a legal challenge known as contested probate. To avoid this, we recommend updating your will at least every five years. This ensures that your will reflects your current wishes and circumstances.

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