Politicians in the UK have been warned to think carefully before passing draft asbestos legislation relating to those that have contracted a benign asbestos related disease. The legislation relates to those that contract pleural plaques, which is a scarring of the lungs.

Professor Neil Douglas, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, has said that it would be ‘fundamentally wrong’ to compensate those that contract this condition. He said that this condition did not necessarily mean that the victim would go on to develop another more serious asbestos related condition.

He stated: “Pleural plaques, on their own, are harmless, benign and cause no medical impairment. Instead, it is the intensity of an individual’s exposure to asbestos which causes mesothelioma.”

He added: “We have the greatest of sympathy for those who do develop asbestos-related conditions, including mesothelioma, bit it would be fundamentally wrong to use the existence of pleural plaques as a basis for compensation claims within this bill. We would urge the Justice Committee to think very carefully about this matter during its ongoing consideration of this bill.”

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