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Hospice UK signs up to Dying to Work Voluntary Charter

Author: Suzanne Stevenson
24 February 2017

Hospice UK has become the latest employer to add its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.

The charity has signed up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of leading employers such as E-On, Legal and General and Santander.

The Charter is part of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) union’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.

Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to prevent cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.

Craig Duncan, Chief Operating Officer at Hospice UK, said:

“As the national charity for hospice care, we are acutely aware of the challenges faced by terminally ill people in their daily lives, including in the workplace.

“No-one with a life-limiting condition should have to endure unnecessary emotional stress and uncertainty because of fears they could lose their job.

“We are delighted to sign up to this laudable campaign to help ensure that terminally ill people have greater employment protection and can be confident that employers will be more compassionate towards their needs.”

Lee Barron, Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, said:

“We are delighted that Hospice UK have committed to the Dying to Work Charter. Worrying about your job should be the least of your concerns when you receive a terminal diagnosis and the support of Hospice UK is greatly appreciated

“Since we launched the Charter in April 2016 we now have over 275,000 workers across the UK covered by the Charter. There is real momentum behind the campaign as we work to secure the dignity and protection that all terminally ill workers deserve. 

“We hope and expect more employers, from the public, private and voluntary sectors to follow Hospice UK’s lead and sign the Charter as we take the campaign into more workplaces across the UK.”

Other employers to sign up to the charter include: Carillion Rail, Co-op,  several councils and NHS Trusts, the British Dietetic Association, GMB and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).

More information about the TUC’s Dying to Work Voluntary Charter can be found on the Dying to Work campaign website

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