Royal Navy Veteran, who is suffering with asbestos related cancer, is waiting for a decision on whether he is entitled to compensation.

Fred Minall from Northampton said he was diagnosed in October 2015 with Mesothelioma after he worked as a naval engineer from 1958 to 1963.

Mr Minall claimed his diagnosis was related to his service, where asbestos was used as pipe insulation. He explained that because he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma before the cut-off date of December 2015, he has been unable to claim compensation.

On 16 December 2015 the government agreed to allow veterans with Mesothelioma to opt for large sum compensation pay out, after it was revealed that the law prevented Ministry of Defence (MoD) from having to pay compensation to servicemen for accidents and injuries suffered before 1987.

Mr Minall said: “The asbestos had to be removed and replaced by hand and we were covered head-to-foot in the white asbestos powder – we’d get it in our eyes and up our noses. I’ve got severe back pain, chest pain and feel pretty grotty all the time.

“What dates have got to do with it is beyond my comprehension, and they’ve got to step forward and pay us proper compensation in line with our civilian counterparts.”

Defence minister Mark Lancaster has said in a statement that the MoD was reviewing the options.