It seems only a short time ago I was standing in Manchester, in the rain, for Action Mesothelioma Day 2012. I wrote an article when I attended that event and this can be read by following the link:

Sadly this horrific cancer continues to cause pain, distress and fatalities.

It rained in 2012 and it continued to pour on the crowd gathered outside Manchester Town Hall for the dove release in 2014. There were plenty of local MP’s available to speak and denounce asbestos, its legacy and continued use in the developing world.

It was fantastic to meet the gentleman who I met in 2012 who tapped me on the shoulder and reintroduced himself. He had lost his wife some years ago to mesothelioma and continues to provide support, bringing mesothelioma to the public’s attention and into the media spotlight.

It is worth taking a moment to reflect on what developments have been made since 2012:

  • We now have the untraced insurance scheme for mesothelioma victims, from which payments are due imminently.
  • The LASPO Bill has been implemented and thankfully mesothelioma victims have been exempted from deductions from compensation and the recoverability issues surrounding litigation insurance.
  • The issue of Trigger Litigation was decided to the detriment of the insurance industry.

These developments have been to the benefit of victims in the UK. They have largely been brought about by the tireless campaigning of victims, families, Support Groups and other interested parties such APIL and Trade Unions. However there is still so much more to be done.

The number of reported diagnosed cases of mesothelioma in the UK continues to rise and there appears to be little or any appetite for the large pharmaceutical companies to invest in research. Developed first world countries are still mining and exporting asbestos to the developing world in the full knowledge of what will be befall them in decades to come.

The rain in Manchester did little to dampen the spirits of those attending the emotional remembrance and public meeting in 2012 and hopefully again, despite the rain, there will be further developments to keep pace with those over the last few years.

If you have been affected by mesothelioma or have been diagnosed with asbestos related condition please contact us today on 0800 294 3065.