Asbestosis Legislation Proposals Are Not Enough

There was bitter disappointment for asbestos sufferers recently following a scheme to provide financial support for people suffering from work related mesothelioma - the scheme is still very limited, excluding people suffering from asbestosis, pleural thickening or asbestos related lung cancer, which accounts for approximately 50 % of claims. 

Claimants are faced with an aggressive disease and need as much support as possible.  The current legislation does not go far enough, and needs to be reviewed urgently, particularly as this scheme is in place to help those people who cannot bring a claim against their former employers as the insurers cannot be traced.