A Staffordshire nuclear test veteran has been awarded £40,000 compensation by the US government after contracting lung cancer.
Roy Prescott, who is dying from the condition, attributed the dis-ease to the radiation he was exposed to as an Army serviceman during nuclear testing on Christmas Island in 1962.
He said it continued to gall him that, as he lay critically ill in his hospital bed, the British Government refused to accept he had been a casualty of the cold war.
Speaking from Queen's Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent, Stafford-shire, the 66-year-old called on Tony Blair to reconsider the plight of thousands of nuclear test veterans. Mr Prescott, from Burton-upon-Trent, said: "Whilst I am pleased that I am receiving compensation and recognition from the US government, it really galls me lying here - a critically ill man - that the British Government continues to fail in its duty of care towards me and thousands of other nuclear test veterans by denying that we were exposed to radiation during service.
"In light of the overwhelming evidence and research in the US which has led to this compensation payment, I call on the Prime Minister to admit that mistakes have been made, to apologise for the pain and suffering inflicted on the nuclear test veterans and their families, and to order a full public inquiry into the whole nuclear test veteran issue.
"I would like to see the automatic award of War Pensions to any nuclear test veteran suffering from one of the 19 recognised diseases under the US Radiation Exposure Compensation Act."
Mr Prescott started to become ill in the 1980s. He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and given 12 months to live.
But the Ministry of Defence said there was insufficient evidence to show Mr Prescott's illness was caused by the tests.