Today, Stuart McMillan MSP lodged his Proposed Recovery of Medical Costs for Industrial Disease (Scotland) Bill, which aims to enable Scottish Ministers to recover, from the party responsible for causing an industrial disease, certain costs incurred by the NHS in providing care and treatment to those suffering from that disease.
The Greenock and Inverclyde SNP MSP launched a consultation on his draft proposal on 28 March 2018, which ran until 22 June 2018.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“For too long the NHS has been paying the price for negligent employers who have not safeguarded their staff’s welfare. This proposal seeks to establish a mechanism for our health service to recover the costs of treating someone living with an industrial disease, so as not to burden the public purse any longer.
“I am pleased to be able to bring this to the Scottish Parliament. My team and I have put an enormous amount of work into this proposal, and I must thank Clydeside Action on Asbestos (CAA) and Thompsons Solicitors for their advice during this process.”
Phyllis Craig MBE, Director and Senior Advice Work for CAA, said:
“CAA are delighted that a proposal is being submitted to the Scottish Parliament to consider the recovery of costs of NHS treatments for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other industrial injuries. It is only right and just that any costs to the NHS be recouped from previous employers who were on risk at the time of the injury. Any finance gained will be welcomed by medical professionals and those who work in research, as there is a desperate need for funding to those who try to prolong a patient’s life.
“The initial campaign by our charity to recover costs from previous employers for all those who need treatment for their industrial injury, has taken a considerable period of time, but it will all have been worth it if we can put the much needed finance back into the NHS.”
Laura Blane, from Thompsons Solicitors, added:
“Having worked with and for the victims of industrial disease for many years, Thompsons Solicitors are delighted that the unparalleled efforts of Clydeside Action on Asbestos are coming to fruition in the form of this Bill, which will ensure that the significant cost to the NHS of treating the victims of negligence will be rightly repaid.”