16 March 2009
MSPs vote for pleural plaques compensation bill
Yesterday (March 11th), members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) voted in favour of legislation which will enable pleural plaques sufferers to claim compensation.
The (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill was passed by a majority of 98 votes to 16, the BBC reports.
This means that a House of Lords ruling which specified that people with the condition were not eligible for payouts has been overturned.
Plueral plaques are a form of scarring of the outer lining of the lungs which is caused by previous exposure to asbestos.
SNP west of Scotland MSP Stuart McMillan said: "This decision by the House of Lords has caused a great amount of anger and dismay in the west of Scotland communities where people have been affected by this condition for doing nothing more than earning an honest wage."
He went on to say that he hopes the government in Westminster follows Scotland's lead, adding that it is the least it can do given the country's "industrial legacy".