On 10 March 2020 the Liability for NHS Charges (Treatment of Industrial Disease) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament. If enacted, it would allow recovery by the state of charges incurred by the health service in the provision of treatment to pursuers with industrial diseases.
On 28 January seven Justices of the Supreme Court heard the case of Knauer v Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The case has been covered previously on this blog and turns on the date for the assessment of multipliers in claims for future loss of dependency under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. The sole question for the Supreme Court is whether the appropriate date for the calculation is the date of death or the date of trial? The former represents the current common law which the appellant is seeking to overturn. Continue reading
The HSE released a short report this morning which notes that there were 2,538 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2013. Although unconnected, some recent Parliamentary responses by Ministers have offered indications of the level of activity under the payment scheme set up by the Mesothelioma Act 2014.