Asbestos victims support groups meeting at Liverpool Town have called for support for the NHS. The decision was taken at their Action Mesothelioma Day where over 120 sufferers and family members gathered for Action Mesothelioma Day, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. John Flanagan, Support Officer for Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group said “Sufferers of this sinister disease know only too well through their bitter experience the value of the NHS especially after diagnosis with this insidious condition that the last thing on their mind should be cost of their care. Sufferers constantly tell us they have only praise and admiration for NHS staff and its supporting services” He added “that the latest HSE stats published only this week show a further rise in mesothelioma deaths and a further report this year showing that many construction workers believe they have been exposed to the deadly fibres but do not know what to do about the study showed. We need to address this burgeoning problem without delay”
Children from New Brighton Junior School assisting sufferers and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, the Mayor of Wirral and the Mayor of Halton release doves in memory of all those who have lost their lives due to asbestos related diseases.”
The latest mesothelioma statistics have been published by the Health and Safety Executive and show that the number of deaths in 2016 from this asbestos cancer was 2,595. Since 2010, the number of annual mesothelioma fatalities has risen by 10%, despite predictions that the national epidemic would peak at 2,040 per year by 2016. The reality of the situation is much graver than had been acknowledged by the authorities as the 2016 figures are 27% worse than had been forecast. With much of the 7 million tonnes incorporated within the national infrastructure still in place, there is no way that this epidemic will end any time soon.
See: AMD) is held annually throughout the UK to remember those who have sadly passed away due to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung caused by asbestos and other asbestos related conditions.
The Key Note Speaker will be Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor President’s Envoy for Health, Imperial College London, Director of Research and Development at the NHLI. Professor Taylor will be explaining to the conference his departments work into researching mesothelioma and how it is caused in the hope that better treatment can be provided.
Mr. Raymond Nye, who’s wife is a “meso warrior” will be showing his DVD on coping as a carer for someone with mesothelioma.
Children from New Brighton Junior School will be releasing Doves in Exchange Flags at the rear of the Town Hall in memory of those who have lost their lives to asbestos and will have the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Mayors of Wirral and Halton at the ceremony.
John Flanagan, Support Officer for the Merseyside Group said “ While asbestos is an ongoing daily killer of past generations we are now seeing more middle aged people diagnosed with mesothelioma who have been exposed by their fathers boiler suits etc, We must also continue the campaign to alert workers today of the everyday occurrence of asbestos exposure during, in particular renovation work on old properties where some contractors only pay lip service to health and safety and dismiss their “employees” engaged on a self-employed basis without hesitation if they raise concerns about their working conditions”