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Pleural Plaques Vote by Scottish Parliament ignores the facts says the ABI

Today's vote by the Scottish Parliament to pass the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill ignores the facts about pleural plaques, and could have far-reaching, unintended consequences, warns the ABI (Association of British Insurers). Insurers are seriously considering mounting a judicial review against the Bill, having taken legal advice.

Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, said:

"This Bill is fundamentally flawed. It ignores clear medical opinion that plaques are symptomless, and do not cause other asbestos-related conditions. And the full cost implications of this measure, which will be paid for by all Scottish taxpayers and firms, have been ignored. The Scottish Government has already admitted that its initial cost estimates were too low.

"This vote could have profound and unintended consequences beyond pleural plaques. It ignores the fundamental legal principle that compensation is paid only where there are physical symptoms, and could open the floodgates for claims from people exposed to a risk, but showing no symptoms."

Last updated 01/07/2016