Victim’s Access to Medical Facilities

Proceedings in the UK High Court against Anglo American South Africa Ltd for over 700 claimants, the bulk of whom reside in the Eastern Cape, have been commenced by lawyers (Leigh Day and Co, London) representing former gold miners who are alleged to have contracted silicosis or silico-tuberculosis from exposure to dangerous levels of dust. Lawyers are calling on the mining industry to provide better access to medical examination facilities. They say most of them have never undergone a Benefit Medical Examination (BME) since leaving the mines; their understanding is that Eastern Cape hospitals and clinics do not have any system in place at all to provide BMEs.

A Briefing Note on the subject from Leigh Day and Co is to be found here: Silicosis Briefing Note 16 11 2011

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