Scotland: protection for staff with lifelimiting illness

21 May 2021

NHS Scotland is adopting the Dying to Work Charter, which affords healthcare staff with life-limiting illness extra protections at work.

The charter will ensure these staff aren’t dismissed because of their condition, unless leaving would benefit them in some way.

Championed by the TUC (and with backing from unions including Unite), the charter will provide NHS Scotland staff with ‘greater job and financial security’ at an already stressful time.

All health boards will be asked to make a commitment to the charter and agree a statement for the NHS Scotland attendance policy.

Boards will be asked to set up employee assistance programmes to ‘provide support to affected staff, including access to counselling and financial advice’. 

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said the ‘charter is about choice’.  

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