Title: Checkup subsidy halted for nuclear plant workers
Date: Sept 12, 2012
The Japanese health ministry’s halt to subsidies for medical checkups for some subcontracted workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is making it difficult for some of them to continue having regular checkups.
The financial support was stopped last December after the government declared that the reactors had been stabilized.
Workers are required to have checks for cataracts when their cumulative radiation exceeds 50 millisieverts and regular cancer tests at more than 100 millisieverts.
After the government’s declaration, it removed the designation and disqualified workers from receiving the subsidy if their cumulative level did not exceed the criteria at that time. Newly employed workers are not covered either.
The health ministry says it decided that working at the Fukushima plant should be treated the same as working at any other nuclear plant.
National Institute of Radiological Sciences Director Makoto Akashi says he cannot understand why it chose last December in particular to stop its financial support.
Published: September 12th, 2012 at 9:44 am ET