CAA create new GP module for asbestos conditions – approved by NHS_Education & COPFS.

CAA are delighted to have created new GP module raising awareness of mesothelioma, lung cancer and all other asbestos conditions. Approved by NHS_Education & COPFS.

This resource has been produced specifically for General Practitioners by Clydeside Action on Asbestos, with contributions from the National Advisory Group, the Procurator Fiscal’s Office (Glasgow) and the legal profession.

The numbers of those diagnosed with asbestos related disease in Scotland is set to increase over the coming  decades. The pattern of disease in Scotland means more Scots will die from mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer than any other country in the world.

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The module aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the main issues surrounding asbestos related conditions that are pertinent to GP’s in their everyday practice

  • Be familiar with patterns of asbestos related disease, including those most at risk from developing an asbestos related disease
  • Understand the presenting signs and symptoms and referral protocols for asbestos related disease
  • Have an awareness of the importance of occupational history and the potential for gender bias in attributing the nature of exposure
  • Understand the basis for UK government compensation including, the statutory time limits to make a claim and the role of the medical profession in the facilitation of claims
  • Know the procedures and statutory requirements regarding the specific categories of deaths that must be reported to, and require investigation by, the Procurator Fiscal
  • Be aware of the current legal landscape and statutory time limits that apply to the civil/personal injury claims process and the potential risks of legal action for ‘loss of opportunity’ if failing to notify the Procurator Fiscal of a death which may have been caused by an industrial disease.

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