Asbestos research scheme needed: MP

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SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has co-sponsored a parliamentary motion at Westminster reiterating his call for the establishment of a long-term sustainable research scheme into mesothelioma – an invasive form of lung cancer caused primarily by prior exposure to asbestos.

Mr Durkan said: “We desperately need more investment in research into the causes and potential cures for mesothelioma, better treatments to give sufferers more hope, and more awareness amongst tradespeople of the continuing dangers of contact with asbestos.

“I am therefore reiterating my call on the government to facilitate the establishment of a long-term sustainable mesothelioma research scheme – funded by the insurance industry.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the great work of the late Paul Goggins MP (former NIO Minister) who made important amendments to the Mesothelioma Bill and raised the profile of the need for long-term investment into research of this deadly disease.”