27 March 2009
Calls for night shift cancer victims to get compensation to increase
The pressure on employers and governments to provide night shift workers who develop cancer with compensation is set to increase after a ruling made in Denmark.
Recently, the country's Nat¬ional Injuries Board approved compensation for 38 women who had all worked one or more nights a week for at least 20 years and who went on to develop breast cancer.
This is likely to lead to further calls for cancer victims who worked night shifts elsewhere to receive payouts.
Commenting on the issue, Grete Christensen, deputy president of the Danish Nurses' Organisation, said: "Now you can be compensated for working night shifts just as if you were working with poisonous chemicals in some factory," the Financial Times reports.
Seven of the organisation's members were among those involved in the successful payout bid.
Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer released the findings of a review of studies which concluded that working night shifts inhibits the production of melatonin, a hormone which is important in fighting cancer.
Breast cancer leads to more than 12,300 deaths in Britain each year, figures cited by Cancer Research UK suggest.