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Employer refuses me time off for hospital appointment.

lee67lee67 Posts: 11
I suffer from osteoarthritis in my thumb.
I've just gone back to work after 4 weeks off due to hand surgery and I have an hospital appointment to see the hand therapist but my employer says I'm not allowed.
I've read that they can refuse drs, dentists and hospital appointments. ...as this is part of my recovery are they allowed to refuse me time off?.
I have no paid holidays left as I used them all for the recovery period after my op.


  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,993 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm no expert on these matters, Lee, but I think the answer is yes, the employer can refuse to pay you for time off. If the thumb problem can be classed as a disability, though, it's not so straightforward. Have a look here http://www.workingrights.co.uk/what-are-rights-regarding-hospital-appointments.html
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • StarburstStarburst Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Sticky is correct. However, I was wondering if there is a way to resolve this. Do you have flexible working hours? It might be possible to negotiate a few hours off work for a hospital appt if you make up the hours another time. It's definitely worth talking to your HR department and getting some advice.
  • PatientNLPatientNL Posts: 5
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    legally this is disability discrimination
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