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Pleural plaque compensation 'wrong'

A top medical professional has said that pleural plaques, caused by asbestos, is a benign condition and should not lead to compensation for victims.

The Scottish Parliament is currently debating the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill in a bid to decide if certain asbestos-related conditions (such as pleural plaques) are actionable personal injuries.

Professor Neil Douglas, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, warned politicians to think carefully before agreeing draft legislation which would pave the way for compensations claims from people with pleural plaques.

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee is due to quiz community safety minister Fergus Ewing over the proposals.
The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has been campaigning for pleural plaques – a scarring of the lungs caused by asbestos – to be recognised as a medical condition deserving compensation.

The union feels recognition would assist the process of gaining compensation for asbestos related illnesses.

A UCATT spokesman said: “The compensation for pleural plaques is very small, but if it goes on to become mesothelioma the insurer has already been identified, liability has been accepted and the process is much swifter and less painful for the family of the victim.”

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