After a little advise for my wife.
she's worked as a Occupational therapist for 2 years now for the NHS and about 2 months ago she had a accident where a old lady fell on her and it really hurt her back.
She filled in all the relevant accident reports at the time and carried on working but her pain was getting worse an worse.
She eventually got put on light duties,but it got worse again so eventually went for a MRI scan which found she had 3 Herniated disc's and as she has had 6 weeks of therapy with no results it was decided a operation was needed and is waiting a appointment date think maybe late march.
She went on sick leave on the last week of December as she could no longer do the job.
But in the middle of january she received a letter from her manager saying she has had 4 incidences of sickness and is now going down the route of dismissal due to ill health.
2 of these incidences were due to this injury and another was when she had a bad cold but went in work but she got sent home by the nurse.
She went for a meeting last week to discuss it and her manager had not even mentioned the the woman from HR anything about this accident and is suggesting the back problem happened elsewhere.
Ive looked into on google and from what i can make out the are allowed to dismiss her for ill health but the guidelines suggest showing compassion,which i think should be shown seen as it happened at work.
She has looked into the union but it seems like we cant afford to join it to seek advise.
She is also going to the CAB tomorrow to ask them there advise,
Just want to know if anyone on here may know where she stands on the subject,she does want to work an hates being on sick but the manager says there are NO light duties ,but has offered light duties to other staff.
Its not a issue about the money its just i dont want her to lose the job she enjoys doing for having a accident at work (which by the way was risk accessed wrongly)