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The Government is currently urging coal miners or their relatives to claim compensation if the miner ever had coughing, clearing their chest or throats, breathing problems or any chest problems whatsoever. This applies whether the miner is alive or had such difficulties and is now dead. Doctors may want to bring this scheme, which ends this month (31 March 2004), to the attention of relevant patients or families. Awards can be large, and might be used, for example, to fit a stair lift or employ a carer. The contact body is the Miners & General Workers Compensation Recovery Unit (telephone 0800 085 0880).