13 February 2009
Pleural plaques compensation ruling soon, PM says
The prime minister has said that a ruling concerning pleural plaques compensation will be made in the near future.
During a recent parliamentary exchange, Gordon Brown said that it is "very important" that a resolution is reached concerning the issue.
He made his comments in response to remarks made by Labour MP Michael Clapham, who pointed out that is has been nearly 18 months since the Law Lords made a decision to deny sufferers of the condition the right to seek payouts.
Mr Brown said: "The secretary for justice has been looking at this matter and talking with his colleagues right across government about the implications of what we can do and I can assure you there will be an announcement very soon."
A form of scarring of the outer lining of the lungs, pleural plaques are an indication of previous exposure to the hazardous insulating material asbestos.
Although themselves symptomless, pleural plaques often cause concerns among those diagnosed with them that they will go on to develop other asbestos-related conditions, such as mesothelioma.