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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 06:21 AM   1
NicolaH
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being treated unfair at work


Hi guys, just wondering if anyone has any advice on what I could do about this situation. I have been working for a nursing agency as a community healthcare assistant for about 2 years now, my work involves alot of moving and handling and also working with aggressive/ violent patients.

Basically, I feel at risk when I am at work as I have not yet had a pregnancy risk assessment done (I am now 26 weeks pregnant and they told me when I was 10 weeks I would be getting one but still havent).

They have on a number of occasions sent me to work with aggressive and violent patients even though I have asked before the shift if it was safe to do and they said yes, but when i got there it wasnt.

I have also developed siatica (sorry about spelling) down my right leg and it becomes alot worse when sitting for long periods so have specifically asked not to be put on certain shifts but they have just told me that there is nothing else available and am being made to sit on the same chair for 6 and sometimes 12 hours straight.

Last week I had flu and felt very run down so rang in sick the day before I was due to work, and they just told me that they would not get anyone to cover my shifts and that I would have to work.

Sorry its long, but I just feel that I am being treated really unfair and surely being in such a high risk job it is illegal not to have a risk assessment? I feel that they are not taking any care for me or my baby and because I am constantly lifting and moving I feel my baby is at risk. I would like to report them to someone higher but dont know who to? As I have asked numerous times not to be put on certain shifts and said I feel at risk but they are not doing anything about it!

Appreciate any advice on what I could do or who to report them to as I can not carry on much longer doing this.



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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 06:25 AM   2
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I would contact citizens advice and also maybe go to your doctor and explain this to them and see what they say. I work in a very similar job and my employers dont make me do anything I dont feel comfortable with and although sometimes I can tell they arent happy if I call in sick, they certainly do not tell me I have to work.....that is illegal and you should have refused! Yes you should have had a risk assessment (I havent either but my boss has been very accomodating so I'm not bothered). Do you have a human resources department or anyone else within work you can bring this up with?



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 06:34 AM   3
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Hi, fellow nurse here I only had my risk assessment done after having a big bleed after a really heavy shift on the ward (moving beds etc) and only then because my consultant threatened to write me off until the risk assessment was completed and emailed my matron who got on to the ward manager.

I work on an orthopedic ward so very heavy with lots of moving and handling, also around 75% of our patients have dementia, many are aggressive and lash out and ive just been told to get on with it. Last night i had to deal with a patient lashing out at me with hands and feet whilst trying to clean up after him using a bedpan.

I have to care for patients who have had chemo as well as patients who have norovirus, gastro bugs, MRSA, Ecoli and heaven knows what else in our isolation rooms. Ive been told that this is what the job is and that i knew the risks before i took the job and before i got pregnant and that X amount of other pregnant nurses do this job every day of the week and that i am paid to take care of the patients and these are my patients.


Im lucky if i get my breaks at all and rarely get to sit down, the one thing that i have learnt is that those in higher places rarely care about the staff on the front line, they have no idea what the job entails and what it is actually like. All they care about is a warm body filling a slot in the rota.



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 07:07 AM   4
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Your employer is being completely unfair, and what the hell are they thinking telling you not to be off sick, if you are unfit for work, it is their problem to sort out staffing, not yours. I have assumed you are in the uk, if this is the case then have a look at this link http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/...ts/DG_10026556

I would also contact the conciliatory service ACAS for info, they will tell you what your employer should/shouldn't be doing.

Sorry this is happening to you, nobody should be treated unfairly like that at work.



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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 07:46 AM   5
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Defo kick some butt..none of that sounds right at all!!! Hugs x



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 07:53 AM   6
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I agree with the previous poster, contact ACAS. I work in severe learning difficulties and mental health. My work place has bent over backwards making sure I'm ok with what I'm doing and making sure I'm safe. I had my risk assessment done very early because of what my job entails. Good luck and I really hope it gets sorted out VERY soon for you xxx



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 12:35 PM   7
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That is ridiculous! I manage a small team and recently had a pregnant employee; as previous ppl have said contact ACAS, they have a general advice line. I used their web site a lot to make sure I was doing everything as I should. I believe if the company employs more than 5 people they should have records of staff risk assessments, pregnant or not which should be updated as circumstances change (e.g you tell them you're pregnant)

I can't believe they made you work when you were unwell!



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 12:38 PM   8
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Forgot to say, you can also report them to the Health and Safety Executive who would take this seriously I am sure



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 13:17 PM   9
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I can't believe what I am reading, you poor thing!! I feel quite angry actually that you are being treated so badly!! Definitely do as the other girls say and report them if you can. I know that we feel we have to do as we are told, especially when we have bills ect to pay for but your and baby's health is more important. As Bailey said, you should have refused to go in!
Same for Rota, you shouldnt have to work and feel unsafe. Do you work for the NHS? If so definitely speak to occupational Heath or HR.
I work at a hospital, don't have to do lifting or anything but work around radiation - well not direct but the patients which I'm close to are radioactive so have to be careful as to not come in to too much contact with them but I feel as though my managers aren't taking it as seriously as I'd like so I have had to take matters in to my own hands and walk around the room when patients come out or I have to go in to my office but means I can't keep an eye in reception when my colleague isn't there. I also haven't had my risk assessment after asking for it multiple times, eventually I had to contact HR who said they would be in touch but I still haven't heard anything!! It's so frustrating. We rely on our managers to care for our well being yet there are so many that don't!!

I really hope you get things sorted, keep us updated anyway. It will be nice to know what happens xx



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Old Oct 8th, 2012, 16:24 PM   10
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I could of written this myself! They can't count pregnancy sickness against you! I call in sick at 6am when I start at 7supposed to give 2 hours notice. But why would I be up at 5am?!
I'm leaving for maternity leave on Sunday I can't do my job anymore! My company are awful! Didn't complete my risk assessment properly. Giving me unsafe work also, I hope things improve. I got myself signed off sick for 3 weeks. Them cut my hours down they weren't happy at all!
I hope your okay Hun. Don't let them treat you like this. I didn't put up with it. I hate my agency had only worked there a week when I fell pregnant! Xxx



 
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