I’ve been ill for some time now with various symptoms, all of which have been investigated as separate illnesses until recently when new symptoms appearred and my GP decided it was possibly a Neurological condition. I have now been referred for further tests in relation to possible MS or an MS like condition.
Over the last year or so I have been off work on several occasions due to the symptoms I experience. Some days I just can’t lift my head off the pillow and feel so confused.
In February 2012 I was taken to what my employer calls a stage 1 absence disciplinary and was told that if my absence had not improved or I had not received a diagnosis to explain my absence by the end of June 2012 then I would be taken to a stage 2 disciplinary. Stage 2 bascially means that they can dismiss you at any time should they feel it is appropriate.
However, after speaking with HR and Occ Health they decided that it was not appropriate to move to stage 2 in June 2012 as I had not received a diagnosis and it was not fair to hold me accountable for the length of time it was taking the NHS to investigate my problems.
I was therefore kept on a stage 1 and was told that this would be reviewed again on 19th September 2012. Again any further absences/no diagnosis between these dates would go against me.
Well I have been off work again since 14th September 2012 and do not feel ready to return yet. My doctor has declared me unfit for work. Following a consultation with both a hospital consultant and my GP on 19th September it has been decided that my symptoms appear to be as a result of a neuro condition and I have been referred to Neuro for further tests.
So I suppose what I’m really asking is; is it likely that my employer will be able to take me to a stage 2 or do they have to allow me time to have things investigated properly and receive a diagnosis before they can dismiss me? I’m really worried I could lose my job simply due to the length of time this has gone on.
Surely that fact that I am under hospital investigation shows there is a real problem and that I am trying to get it resolved. I could understand if my absence was unexplained or unsubstantiated by my GP but I have received sick notes from my GP to cover each absence. He wouldn’t write these for no reason.