A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pleural Plaques

I've just had an email from Unions Together about their campaign on Pleural Plaques.

Pleural Plaques are scarring of the lungs caused by heavy and prolonged exposure to asbestos.
Until a few years ago, sufferers of the disease were able to claim compensation. In October 2007, the Law Lords scrapped this – meaning that thousands of people with Pleural Plaques would not be entitled to any compensation at all. Insurers have profited to the tune of £1.4 billion from this decision.

The Government are currently making a decision on changing the law on compensation for sufferers of Pleural Plaques. Unions Together are urging people to email Lord Mandelson and Alastair Darling to support the campaign. You can do that here:



Blogger andrewstill2007 said...

I sent it off right away, its well over that time Pleural Plaques got justice!

10:47 pm, November 12, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

I have Pleural Plaques as a result of pre-longed exposure to asbestos. Insurance companies have been dodging this issue for far too long.

Often you get no symptoms but if the disease progresses you won't have enough time to make a claim.

I also have written a letter supporting compensation claims. This is an industrial injury and deserves to be treated that way.

3:06 pm, November 14, 2009


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