Following the end of the petition I set up a year ago on the government e-petition website, I have launched a new mesothelioma research petition that is calling on the government to put the money it is saving under the Mesothelioma Act directly into mesothelioma research.
Please sign the petition and pass the details on to everybody you know. Let’s beat the 3175 signatures we got under the previous petition and make sure this money is used for saving lives.
Today the asbestos research funding petition received its 2000th signature. Thank you to everyone who has signed. But realistically we need far more if the government is to be swayed in any way by the petition. I would ask everyone to make a conscious effort to get signatures from anybody they can for the petition. The petition is asking government to provide funding for research into asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma, and the fact is the money is available. The government as I have said before, according to their own commissioned report will save £52 million because of the Mesothelioma Act. This money should be used for research. We can and should be helping future victims of mesothelioma in this country and overseas by developing new treatments. Let’s do it. There are no excuses not to.
The petition can be found here – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/59014
I thought I would re-publicise the petition I started on the government e-petition website back in January. Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases need research to help identify new treatments. Research needs funding, which the government has never provided. Mesothelioma is not going away, and thousands more victims will die from it in the coming years.
Please sign if you can.
Lord Alton’s Private Members Bill was published today. The Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Mesothelioma Bill, which of course the Government prevented from having a research funding provision inserted into it. Lord Alton’s Bill provides for up to 1% of the levy the insurance industry will be paying under the provisions of the Mesothelioma Bill, to be channelled into research into mesothelioma. To help Lord Alton’s Bill the public must show the Government its support for research funds to be made available. One way in which this can be done would be to sign my petition requiring the Government itself to provide funding.
On Tuesday the House of Commons had their third and final reading of the Mesothelioma Bill. I will be doing a longer post on it when the Regulations that show how the compensation scheme will run are published. Just to say, the Government managed to block all attempts at amending the Bill, so the level of compensation stayed at just 75% of the average civil claim. Also, an amendment put forward by Tracey Crouch and Paul Goggins that would have provided a small levy on the insurance industry that would have cost no more than £ 4 million and would have funded dedicated research into asbestos diseases, was also rejected.
Following Paul Goggins sad death the same evening, I have started a petition on the government website calling for government funding to be provided for research into asbestos diseases. I would be grateful to anyone who is able to sign it. If 100,000 signatures are obtained then it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons. The petition can be found at: