"Asbestos NHS treatment cost recovery bill is voted into law" Asons Solicitors Comment

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According to Wales Online, a bill to recover the costs of treating Welsh asbestos patients from businesses and their insurers has been passed by assembly members. However, some insurers have claimed that the new legislation would not benefit asbestos sufferers, or the NHS. (1)

When first introduced, the bill was met with pessimism and it was initially withdrawn two days before it was due to be voted into law. (1)

The bill means that the insurers for those suffering asbestos-related diseases would be liable to pay compensation towards their NHS treatment. (1)

Thomas Fairclough, Asons Executive, has stated that:

"This new law could raise an additional £1m a year for the Welsh NHS, and provide them with much needed support when dealing with those suffering from asbestos-related disease."

The bill's sponsor, Labour AM Mick Antoniw, said it would help people whose lives had been blighted by "these terrible diseases." (1)

But there have been repeated questions about whether the bill is within the assembly's powers. (1)

Before becoming an assembly member, Mr Antoniw, was a solicitor at a law firm, which has acted for many asbestos victims and their families. (1)

Speaking before the bill was passed, he said:

"It is only right that medical costs incurred by the NHS should be recovered from those who caused the disease and used to give more support to asbestos victims and their families - for example, a cancer nurse costs £50,000 per annum. (1)

"We could employ an additional 20 cancer nurses or a mixture of cancer nurses and counselors or additional research into the cause and treatment of asbestos disease. (1)

"It is my belief this new Welsh law can make a significant improvement to the quality of life of those whose life is blighted by this terrible disease." (1)

Thomas Fairclough, Asons Executive, added that:

“An Asbestos Related Illnesses can lead to a slow painful death, and due to long latency periods, it can take up to 40 years to show symptoms. Caring for those suffering can place a huge strain on the NHS, for a long period of time. It is good to see that businesses will be made accountable for the expense that suffers from asbestos related cause, alleviating the pressure on NHS staff, and allowing them to provide a much higher level of care to those suffering from asbestos related illnesses.”

Asons Solicitors suggest that if someone would like to learn more about asbestos related illnesses, or if they would like to better understand Mesothelioma claims process, that information is available at http://www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 01204 521 133.

(1)    Welsh NHS could benefit as asbestos treatment laws passed by AMs - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/welsh-nhs-could-benefit-asbestos-6325478 - Wales Online 2013

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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