Ian Blackford slapped down by Boris Johnson in fiery PMQs clash over coronavirus sick pay

Posted on Mar 11 2020 - 12:57pm by admin

The SNP politician argued that with coronavirus spreading across the world, workers in the UK will be more affected than others in the EU as the statutory sick pay in the UK is £94.25 compared to Germany’s £287. He said: “In Ireland, in response to the coronavirus, the Government has just raised their statutory sick pay to the equivalent of £266 per week. This covers those employed and those self-employed.

“In Germany and Austria, it is £287. In Sweden, it is £230. In the Netherlands, it is £201 and in Spain, it’s 121.

“In the UK, it’s a mere £94.25 per week.”

But the Prime Minister was prompt to point out the UK offers a free national health service to its citizens and residents, unlike many other countries in the EU.  

He blasted: “As most members of the House understand, in the UK unlike other countries around the world and certainly in the EU, we have a universal free health system.

“Free at the point of delivery. We have an extensive welfare system.”

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The fiery clash comes as coroanvirus fears have swept through the Government after health minister Nadine Dorries was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The MP started feeling unwell last Thursday and would have been shedding viruses for up to two weeks before this time.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said ministers would not need to undergo testing as Public Health England (PHE) worked to advise those who have been in close contact with Ms Dorries.

PHE said it had assessed the risk of Ms Dorries’ individual close contacts and only those with symptoms need to self-isolate.

For each Covid-19 case, a risk assessment is carried out and advice tailored to that group, a spokeswoman said.

Labour MP for York Central Rachael Maskell said she is self-isolating on the advice of 111 following a meeting with the health minister last Thursday.

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