Johnny Mercer has met with nurses from Mesothelioma UK
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer has met with Mesothelioma UK nurses at Derriford Hospital, to find out more about a national project to address asbestos-related cancer within the armed forces community.
Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer and national charity, Mesothelioma UK is delivering a national 'Supporting our Armed Forces' project to establish a specialist information, advice and support service for armed forces veterans and serving personnel affected by mesothelioma.
Johnny Mercer served in the British Army for 10 years prior to becoming an MP and is now overseeing the new Office of Veterans' Affairs.
Mr Mercer met with Christine Jones, Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist and Anne Moylan, Mesothelioma UK Lead Nurse for the Armed Forces project.
As part of the service, an Armed Forced Benefits Advisor has been employed to help clients to navigate the complex system of claiming compensation and accessing benefits. A dedicated Armed Forces Clinical Nurse Specialist has also been appointed.
Johnny Mercer said: "It was great to see Chris and the team; we are working on a flexible compensation package that suits the personal circumstances of veterans with mesothelioma caused by their military service and I look forward to seeing them again in London in due course."
Anne Moylan from Mesothelioma UK said: "The service is hugely important, particularly in the areas of Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, given the high incidence of mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos that we've seen from patients in the local area, with people employed at the dockyards or based here during navy service."