Just got to rant somewhere, so please forgive me, and thats before i start!!!
I work for what is supposed to be a caring professsion, yes caring for the clientelle, but certainly not its staff.
I was diagnosed with RRMS in April this year, after being ill since June last year.I have understandably been off work several times due to this, 2episodes of long term sick, and then 3 episodes of odd days (all linked to MS, apart from one of the odd days sickness).
Anyway, basically due to the 3 episodes of short term sick, i have triggered on the sickness/absence policy, and therefore had to have a meeting with HR, and my Line Manager. I took along my Union Rep, who was absolutley fantastic and luckily for me, has a fantastic knowledge of MS.
This meeting was an absolute joke, as HR, are not wanting to budge with dismissing any sickness that is linked to MS, and classing it as Disability leave. I am fully aware that the moment you are diagnosed, you are classed as Disabled and covered under the Equality Act 2010. Even though we have said that by putting me on to stage 1 of the Sickness Policy, they are in fact putting me at an unfair advantage. This is because i am likely to be off again in the 3 months that i am on this stage, where as a person without MS, follows the same path but unlikely to be off again in that 3 months.
The one thing i have failed to mention is that i have recently started on DMD’s, so as yet i do not know how i am going to be on this medication. i pointed this out in the meeting, but neither of them seemed interested.
The meeting was called to a holt, and rearranged for this next Tuesday(which i am dreading), as i don’t think HR had done their homework, and felt out of their depth.
They are aware of the fact that they have to offer reasonable adjustments, and asked if i would like to reduce my hours, but at the moment i do not feel that i need to, although i did tell them that when i thought i would need that, that i would inform them straight away.
I just feel so stressed about it all, and not to mention that i have woke up this morning and can barely walk due to fatigue and terrible heavy aching legs. But i must go to work, as i thtink to phone in sick now before the meeting would just exasperate the ongoing problems i seem to be having with my what seems to be uncaring, inconsiderate employers!!!
Anyone with any similiar experiences that could offer any advice please?