In Liverpool, staff at the Merseyside Asbestos Victim Support Group (MAVSG) are now working from home on laptops which allow them to access emails and the group’s database. “Basically,” said MAVSG’s John Flanagan “we can provide the same service from home as we could working from the office. He added:
“We have redirected calls to our mobile phones and have informed all our clinicians that our services, particularly to mesothelioma and ARD [asbestos-related diseases] lung cancer patients are continuing as normal. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have allowed some changes to their procedures in regard to the application forms for the vital welfare benefit entitlements to claimants/victims and in particular mesothelioma and lung cancer sufferers to ease this process. We thank all the staff at the DWP who have recognised the importance of our role while still complying with the social distancing which of course has stopped us carrying out house visits for victims.”
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