Management of black lung in Queensland ‘shambolic’, inquiry hears

“Shambolic” and “dropped the ball” were just some of the words uttered on Friday as an inquiry tries to unravel how a deadly disease has re-emerged in a modern Queensland. Coal miner’s pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung, was under the spotlight at a parliamentary select committee inquiry into black lung, with a public departmental briefing on Friday. Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said during the hearing that it was recommended in 1984 that miners have x-rays every five years. “We understand that approximately 100,000 or more of these x-rays were not read by your department (Natural Resources and Mines) or your…
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