I've recently returned to work after being very poorly. I had to do a risk assessment with our HR officer before I came back and it was decided then that if I was struggling or could feel myself becoming ill I was to inform my manager and arrange to take annual leave to rest and pull it back. At the time I was happy with this, it seemed to be a good solution as it would not effect my sick record.
For the past couple of weeks I have felt myself go down hill, so yesterday I had a day off. My manager has asked me to plan all my annual leave until the end of March, which is fine as I have something to look forward to.
Ive taken a long weekend every 2 weeks until March - I have to arrange my own cover and as I am based on the reception it has to be manned at all times. The poor girls I work with are run ragged and unfortunately can not fit in the cover - its not their fault.
I've spoken to my manager and told her all of this and she asked me to change the days I wanted, instead of a monday or a friday go for a wednesday, which I did and still no cover. It works out that between now and March I can not have even 1 full day off no matter what day I go for. Im due to go into hospital in March and guess what? no cover. I'm supposed to be having a kidney and skin biopsy and maybe a IVIG but my manager has said I must rearrange this as there is no cover - I've explained the these appointments are like gold dust and infact I can not put this off as it is very serious and possibly life changing depending on the results - she unbelievably said 'that isnt my problem'
I've spoken to HR and they are as helpful as a chocolat tea pot!! Ive got in touch with my union and they said they will speak to my manager but that could cause bad feeling and to try and sort it out myself.
I find it quite amazing that this can happen, I work for the council so thought I might get a bit of support but it seems I am asking far too much!!
And this gouvernment say they try to keep disabled people in work!!