- Charter protects rights at work for those facing a terminal illness
- Campaign began in 2016 following Derbyshire sales manager losing her job after cancer diagnosis
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have today (16th September 2019) have become the first hospital trust in the North East to sign a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.
The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.
Alan Sheppard, Director of Workforce for the leading Teesside trust said of the pledge “our Trust has always been committed to ensuring our staff feel valued during their employment with us.
At such a critical time, we are pledging to support staff in their choices. Our culture is one that is focused on inclusion, we could not think of a more appropriate way to further herald our commitment to supporting colleagues. We are certainly very proud to be the first NHS trust in the North East to pledge”.
Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job three years ago after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.
TUC Northern Regional Secretary Beth Farhat said “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.
“I’m delighted that North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.