I made a wonderful home made soup for lunch and home made bread turned out so crusty.
The Medical Innovation Bill, designed to help patients safely receive innovative treatments, successfully passed from the House of Lords to the House of Commons on 23rd January 2015.
Parliament dissolves on March 30th due to the general election meaning we have limited time to ensure the Bill is passed and in turn ensure the ground-breaking register of all innovative treatments under the Bill is created.
1/ Email your MP and tell him/her you support the Bill
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Congratulations to DAST They had a great announcement today
Fanfare* We can now share our secret with you! We have been awarded £110,215 from the Big Lottery Fund and even though we have known for a couple of weeks, it becomes official today. This is brilliant news for DAST and it means that we will now be able to start offering more support to those bereaved by an asbestos related disease. More information about the project will follow shortly.
The Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) is a registered charity for the relief of people who have suffered ill-health, injury or become disabled from their work with asbestos. We also help their families with the provision of support, advice and assistance. DAST is also linked with other asbestos support groups throughout the UK and abroad to work together to ensure all those injured are offered the support and assistance as required.The Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team was established in March 2002 and in June 2007 became a registered charity (No. 1119684).
The Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team will conduct home visits or hospital visits.
Our services include:-
- Help with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit forms – This is a weekly allowance paid by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) if your asbestos related illness has been caused by your employment. This benefit is not payable for pleural plaques.
- Help with Government Compensation Schemes. Everyone diagnosed with mesothelioma can claim Government Compensation. Advice on making a civil claim – either by using one of DAST’s panel of specialist solicitors or through a sufferer’s trade union.
- Help with all other benefit claims – including Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Pension Credit. We can put you in contact with others who have the same disease. We also support Carers and can put carers in contact with someone else also in the position of caring someone with Mesothelioma or an asbestos related disease.
Although we are called the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team we offer advice and information to asbestos-related disease victims and their families in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Burton-on-Trent and Lincolnshire. We will carry out home visits throughout these areas.
The Support Group relies upon volunteers. Victims and their families are encouraged to have an input into the working of the group and attend meetings where they can raise concerns and talk to others and share their experiences.
Because of the way that asbestos was used in construction it is often hard (if not impossible) to see. So it’s hard to know when drilling into a wall or dismantling old guttering whether the material you’re working on contains #asbestos.
Thousands of DIY enthusiasts are unnecessarily exposing themselves to asbestos without realising, despite the dangers of asbestos being promoted heavily for the past 10 years by government organisations such as the Health & Safety Executive.
Asbestos exists in many properties built before 1999 yet homeowners are often unaware as it can be hidden behind plaster, covered by carpets or painted over. Yet many DIYer’s go ahead with work oblivious to the dangers that may exist.
Asbestos was once hailed as the answer to cheap and warm housing as it has excellent thermal properties, doesn’t burn and doesn’t conduct electricity. It can also be light-weight and cheap to produce. However, over the past 50 years evidence has proven that fibres contained within asbestos products are hazardous to human health and can cause diseases such as cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma even with minimal exposure. Sadly this evidence didn’t become apparent until some years after asbestos products were put into use.
Because of the way that asbestos was used in construction it is often hard (if not impossible) to see. So it’s hard to know when drilling into a wall or dismantling old guttering whether the material you’re working on contains asbestos. The only way know for certain is to have the material asbestos tested.
It is therefore recommended that you follow some guidelines to ensure that you minimise the risk to you or those around you:
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