Campaigners for research into asbestos-related diseases are seeking support from the construction industry for their petition to get a House of Commons debate.
The online petition on the government website calls for “dedicated long-term funding for research into the causes, treatment, and potential cure of those diseases related to exposure from asbestos”.
A petition of 100,000 signatures is needed to raise the issue of this illness within the House of Commons for debate.
The petition can be viewed and signed at https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/59014
The full wording is:
The United Kingdom has the dubious honour of being number 1 in the world for the level of deaths occurring annually from asbestos related diseases. Around 2500 people will die this year alone in the UK from mesothelioma.
Unlike many other cancer diseases, mesothelioma and the other asbestos diseases, have received negligible amounts of public money for research purposes.
This petition calls on the government to: Provide dedicated long-term funding for research into the causes, treatment, and potential cure of those diseases related to exposure from asbestos.