Asbestos NHS costs law rejection leaves AM 'gutted'
The Supreme Court's rejection of a law to force firms to pay the NHS costs of staff falling ill due to asbestos has left the AM behind the measure "absolutely gutted".
The court ruled that the Welsh government had no power to impose charges to pay for the NHS, and insurers should not be given extra liabilities for asbestos exposure and policies dating back years before the legislation.
Pontypridd Labour AM Mick Antoniw, who introduced the bill, said he was trying to help the NHS cover the cost of such treatment with powers he thought the assembly had.
09 Feb 2015
- From the section Wales