03 March 2009
Calls made for compensation fund for mesothelioma sufferers
A central compensation fund for mesothelioma sufferers should be established, it has been claimed.
According to an industrial illness specialist, the UK should have an Employers' Liability Insurance Bureau (ELIB).
The bureau would work in a similar way to the Motor Insurers' Bureau, which was founded in 1946 in order to provide payouts to the victims of negligent untraced and uninsured drivers.
In contrast, the ELIB would provide payouts to people suffering from industrial diseases in cases where insurers cannot be found.
The expert's calls were timed to coincide with Action Mesothelioma Day on February 27th, which was organised by the British Lung Foundation.
Mesothelioma is a cancer which is linked to previous exposure to asbestos.
According to figures cited by Cancer Research UK, around five times more men than women are diagnosed with the condition in Britain and a total of around 2,100 people develop the cancer each year.