A special fund has recently paid out a total of 1.2 million euros to healthcare providers who themselves have been affected by corona.

The money went to thirty people who ended up in intensive care (ic) as a result of their work and to the next of kin of six care providers who died of the virus.

In total, the Care after Work Foundation in Corona Care has received 49 applications on behalf of care providers who have been affected by their work "on the front line of corona care" themselves.

This mainly concerns carers and nurses.

The foundation expects more applications and aims to assess them within six weeks.

This is done with the help of medical experts and parties such as the pension administration organization PGGM.

The support fund is an idea of ​​the Utrecht surgeons Marijn Houwert and Sander Muij.

They believe that family members of sick caregivers should be prevented from getting into financial problems, in addition to the grief for their loved ones.

Since its inception in early April, the foundation has received support from, among others, the Dutch Association of Insurers, collective for healthcare providers VvAA, PGGM, law firm Kennedy Van der Laan, Aramco, Philips, Robeco, Bristol-Myers Squib and Reckitt Benckiser.

The Ministry of Health is also contributing, making 8 million euros available now.