Will long COVID be classified as an occupational disease?

20 May 2021

It emerged this week that MPs have written to the Prime Minister to ask for long COVID to be prescribed as an occupational disease. With more than a million people in the UK thought to be suffering from long COVID, including 120,000 healthcare workers, BLM Partner and Head of Occupational Disease, Chris Fletcher shared his views with Health & Protection magazine.

Chris said: “The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council has already accepted there is evidence that exposure at work has more than doubled the risk of death from COVID in some occupations, notably in healthcare occupations such as nursing, but it views the data as too limited and varying in quality to justify prescription for benefits purposes.

“In particular the IIAC has said that evidence relating to any link between occupation and risk of ongoing disability following COVID-19 infection is scarce, which is the key issue relating to long COVID.”

To read more about what Chris has to say on this issue and to read the article in full, please click here to be directed to Health & Protection.

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