Rise in cancer patients facing discrimination at work

The number of cancer patients who have experienced discrimination at work has risen, according to research published today from charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The research shows almost four in 10 people (37%) who return to work after cancer treatment say they experience some kind of discrimination from their employer or colleagues, compared to just under a quarter (23%) in 2010.

The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 UK adults living with cancer who returned to work after treatment found one in 10 felt harassed to the point they could not stay in their job.

It also showed one in eight said their employer failed to make reasonable changes to enable them to do their job.

Macmillan claim patients have reported being ‘denied time off for medical appointments’, ‘passed over by promotion’ or ‘feeling abused by their employer or colleague’….


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