Last week I was joined by a group of London MPs in writing to the Prime Minister to demand that transport companies are funded to provide workers such as bus drivers with protective equipment.
This was due to the announcement that 28 London drivers have already died from contracting Covid-19 and the tragic death of Belly Mujinga, a ticket officer who was spat at by a traveller claiming to have coronavirus.
The letter, written by Rupa Huq MP and signed by me and 41 other MPs, demands that transport firms to be given funds to enable them to provide PPE to all public-facing staff.
We also asked the PM to extend the Government’s coronavirus life assurance lump sum scheme for the bereaved families of NHS workers to all transport workers who die from Covid-19.
It is unacceptable that key workers are being put in harms way without vital equipment to protect them against this virus and I will keep pushing for the proper PPE to be delivered, not only to transport workers but to care workers, supermarket workers and all the key workers who are keeping the country running.
Wes Streeting MP