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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MS sufferers more likely to lose jobs

Posted Tue Jun 1, 2010 10:00am AEST
New research shows people with multiple sclerosis are more likely to lose their job than people with other chronic illnesses.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week is focussing on the employment prospects of people who are diagnosed with MS.
MS Tasmania says a national study between 2003 and 2007, and published in the Journal of Neurology, shows 56 per cent of people with the condition had lost their jobs, while 64 per cent were no longer in the paid workforce.
MS Tasmania's Heather Francis has urged employers to consider flexibility and understanding when it comes to possibly letting staff go, who are diagnosed with MS.
"Tasmania has by far the strongest prevalence of MS than any other Australian state," she said.
Ms Francis says 'switched on' employers are making simple workplace changes, especially in times of skills shortages, to keep their good staff.

SOURCE: ABC News - Australia

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Anonymous said...

That is one of my biggest fears , losing my job. My employer has made comments like you are unreliable. Primarily because I am frequently late (did not have late issues prior to dx). Mornings I spend so much time getting all my parts to work. Warm shower puts me down for 15 min cool off . I get up @ 5- 5:15 to be at work by 8

trusting my employer to not let me go is the fear right up there w/ a relapse.

Anonymous said...

I have known several people that have lost their jobs due to MS. One because she walked in with a cane, it upset the other workers. Many are scared to tell their employers for fear of loosing their much needed jobs. Such a shame, I thought there where laws in place to keep this from happening, but from what I have seen many employees have found a way around these laws & the employee does not have the strength to fight them. If the employee CAN do the job, what the problem?

Anonymous said...

I hid the fact that I had MS for 14 years before I started dragging my left foot. I ended up being hospitalized for 6 days and no longer able to perform my duties. I had just started a with a new agency 4 weeks before and could not hide the symptoms any longer. My boss told me that I did not have to quit, but I could no longer perform the job that I was hired to do. Six months later I gave it up.