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Nov
2015
Saturday 21st
posted by Morning Star in Britain

THE TORIES refused yesterday to act on urgent calls to make insurers pay for potentially life-saving research into combating the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma.

Health Minister Lord Prior of Brampton said the government was “not predisposed” to the idea of a levy.

He delivered the heartless rebuff after Lord Alton of Liverpool warned that, without a medical breakthrough, the disease would claim a further 60,000 lives in Britain over the next three decades.

“This isn’t simply a disease of the past,” he told the Lords. “Asbestos remains present in about 86 per cent of schools.”

Under last year’s Mesothelioma Act, insurance firms are required to fund a compensation scheme for victims.

Lord Alton’s Bill would amend the legislation to ensure that the levy included a supplement to fund medical research.

The Bill received an unopposed second reading but has little chance of becoming law without government backing.




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