This report, in the news today has made my blood boil.
The number of cancer patients who have experienced discrimination at work has risen, according to research published today from charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
The research shows almost four in 10 people (37%) who return to work after cancer treatment say they experience some kind of discrimination from their employer or colleagues, compared to just under a quarter (23%) in 2010.
The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 UK adults living with cancer who returned to work after treatment found one in 10 felt harassed to the point they could not stay in their job.
It also showed one in eight said their employer failed to make reasonable changes to enable them to do their job.
Macmillan claim patients have reported being ‘denied time off for medical appointments’, ‘passed over by promotion’ or ‘feeling abused by their employer or colleague’.
If you are lucky enough not to have had cancer you may be shocked by this. Sadly, I am not, I know too many people who have experienced this.
A lovely lady I met, let’s call her Kate, has worked as a nurse for the NHS for over 20years. She has a rare and aggressive cancer that is not responding to treatment. Her employers, the NHS, have decided that she has had enough time off now for medical appointments, she now uses her annual holiday entitlement for hospital visits.
So if the cancer doesn’t get you, your employer might just do. No wonder many cancer patients after treatment decide to retire, stay on benefits, or if they are really brave – start their own business.