Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has secured the right to introduce his Proposed Recovery of Medical Costs for Industrial Diseases (Scotland) Bill, having gained cross-party support from over 18 SNP, Scottish Labour and Scottish Greens MSPs.
The local MSP lodged his final proposal on Friday 1 February and had four weeks to obtain backing from at least 18 MSPs from at least three parties in the Scottish Parliament.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“I am delighted to have secured cross-party support for my proposed Bill, which aims to recover the costs associated with NHS treatment in Scotland for industrial diseases or injuries caused by negligence.
“This has been a long process, as the legislation I’m proposing covers health, justice and social security matters.
“Much work is still to be done, but I truly hope my efforts are fruitful so costs incurred by the NHS in providing care and treatment to those living with an industrial disease can be recouped from neglectful employers.
“I will now work with the Parliament’s Non-Government Bills Unit to firm up the policy instructions before the drafting of the Bill can begin.”