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Disease: Asbestos - Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill

Members of the National Assembly for Wales (AMs) now have the opportunity to table amendments to the Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill, as it moves onto the next stage.

Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill

Members of the National Assembly for Wales (AMs) now have the opportunity to table amendments to the Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill, as the Bill moves onto the next stage.

The Bill, which will allow the NHS in Wales to recover the costs incurred by treating a sufferer of an asbestos-related disease from a liable defendant, has been the subject of further scrutiny by members of the Health and Social Care Committee. Members of the committee agreed to an amendment which would require Welsh ministers to report annually to the National Assembly for Wales on the use of the money which has been recovered.

It has been reported in Post magazine that the ABI continues to argue against the Bill, on the grounds that it will introduce a retrospective liability; will be expensive to administer; and may be ultra vires as financial services are outside the jurisdiction of the Assembly. However, the ABI acknowledges in the news report that the Bill could be in force by the summer.

For further information please contact:

Fiona James, Director, Professional Support Lawyer on 0191 233 5220 or at fiona.james@dwf.co.uk

Alex Fusco, Associate, Professional Support Lawyer on 0161 603 5211or at alex.fusco@dwf.co.uk

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Read more on the Welsh Assembly website.

This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

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