Bob Dorris, Glasgow SNP MSP, has warned that insurance companies are "buying off" asbestos compensation claims in order to prevent themselves from facing further, more valuable, claims in the future.At the moment sufferers of pleural plaques, an asbestos-related condition characterised by scarring of the lungs, are being given settlements from insurance companies with the proviso that accepting payout invalidates their right to a mesothelioma or lung cancer asbestos compensation claim in the future.
Scotland is set to consolidate its status as one of the world's leading industrial disease research centres with the opening of an important new facility at the University of Glasgow.The Glasgow Molecular Pathology Node will work with other leading Scottish research institutions - including the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, the Precision Medicine Catapult, the Scottish Genomes Partnership and the International Cancer Genome Consortium - to help develop treatments s patients according to their own physiology, rather than a blanket treatment approach.
Industrial disease cancers are thought to be a factor in the "timebomb" that will hit Scotland in the form of cancer rate rises of around 33% over the next 12 years, according to predictions.Asbestos illnesses are a significant factor in accounting for rises in industrial diseases, with the incidence of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer expected to peak either this year or during the current decade, depending on which predictions you look at.
Clydebank Asbestos Group has proudly, and poignantly, unveiled a memorial to all those who have died as a result of asbestos exposure in Scotland.The memorial, designed by artist Jephson Robb, has been erected close to Glasgow Road at the bottom of Hume Street. It is engraved with the names of more than 500 people who have lost their lives to asbestos-related diseases.
Last week Lord Penrose made public findings from an investigation into contaminated blood within Scotland's NHS hospitals.The Penrose Enquiry, launched in 2008, sought to ascertain the extent of damages caused to patients and their families and to ensure accountability for negligent practice which left thousands of NHS patients, many suffering from haemophilia, infected with Hepatitis C and HIV.
Mesothelioma compensation claims can often prove difficult to process due to the length of time the disease takes to develop.Often the employers and insurers legally responsible for recompensing those made ill by workplace asbestos exposure are difficult to trace or proof of exposure is difficult to ascertain.
The fire which spread through the Mackintosh Building of Glasgow Art School in May this year was devastating. The much-loved historic building, which housed the Mackintosh Library, is an iconic part of Scotland's arts history.Much of the west wing of the building was damaged as a result of the incident.