“We have work to do and we have a fight to fight…”
These were the words used by Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmson at this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester.
The annual event is an important day for many families who are dealing with the devastating effects of exposure to asbestos. It is a day where people gather to highlight the difficulties for those suffering from, and remembering those who have lost their fight to, asbestos-related diseases, along with an aim to mount pressure on the government and those working in parliament to take this awful disease out of our lives for good.
Action Mesothelioma Day is held every year on the first Friday in July, in cities up and down the UK with events and conferences taking place to highlight the ongoing issues surrounding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
Helen Bradley’s Asbestos Team in our Manchester office (who specialise in recovering compensation for those affected by asbestos disease) attend the annual Action Mesothelioma Day organised by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG) each year. This year it was held at Barbirolli Square, Manchester and then at the Friends Meeting House for a public meeting on 5th July.
Support for Action Mesothelioma Day
A number of MP’s turned out in support, including the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey MP.
She made an impassioned plea and said that the government should have done more in the past and they therefore now need to take more radical action and keep up the fight.
Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale, called for action as there are now unwitting victims of an industrial crime. He said that this action should have been raised years ago and therefore we now need a “genuine and righteous campaign.”
Following the speeches, white doves were released by the families of victims of mesothelioma. The doves represent hope and remembrance. Hope that the calls for action are answered and for deserving victims to get the justice that they are worthy of, and remembrance to those who have lost their lives as a result of mesothelioma.
The team also attended the public meeting at the Friends Meeting House and heard from Lorraine Creech, Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Team Leader covering North West England, The Midlands and Wales. She talked about the way forward for mesothelioma and discussed the advances of awareness from a healthcare standpoint from 2000 to 2019 and also how medically there has been a greater amount of research and evidence into mesothelioma conditions.
Lorraine highlighted that, at present, mesothelioma is a rare disease, but it is a fatal disease with between 2,500 and 2,700 people continuing to die from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust and fibres in the past. She hoped that in the future there would be advances in technology that would allow for the condition to be chronic and not fatal.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, also attended the public meeting and advised how the cause had his full backing and support.
The team was very proud to attend such a poignant event and continue to play a part in fighting for justice for those affected by asbestos.
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