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Terry Foster with his daughter Sophie, now six [Image: Liverpool Echo].

Terry Foster with his daughter Sophie, now six [Image: Liverpool Echo].

The optimistic part of this is that people who have faced discrimination when returning to work after a serious illness can take their employers to a tribunal for large awards.

The part that isn’t mentioned is that this now costs a large amount of money.

Unfair dismissal and discrimination claims now cost a total of £1,200 to bring before a tribunal, thanks to Conservative Party legislation.

People who have been fighting serious illnesses often do not have that money to spare – especially if they have been struggling to get the Department for Work and Pensions to accept their claim for sickness and/or disability benefits.

See how the system is stacked against the vulnerable?

The message is as clear as it was in 1983 when Neil Kinnock uttered it about the then-Conservative Government: “Don’t get sick.”

What a shame cancer – and other serious illnesses – doesn’t listen to such messages.

A dad who won his battle with cancer after being told he had hours to live was cruelly sacked when he reported back to work.

Terry Foster was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007, while his wife Melanie was pregnant with their first child.

The 58-year-old spent 19 days in intensive care, and at one point was given just hours to live and placed in a side room to die.

But the Southport dad… fought back, and doctors were surprised when his condition began to improve to the point he could be sent home.

However, after meeting up with his manager about returning to his job… [he] was shocked to hear he was being sacked.

“I went into a state of shock. When I told my wife she burst into tears, it was awful, we had a newborn baby and it was the most horrible time for both of us.

“We really struggled financially… and the stress and worry of it all impacted on my recovery.”

Terry took the company to an employment tribunal and won, being awarded more than £62,000 by the court.

He is now clear of his cancer and attends hospital every six months for a scan.

Sadly, according to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support, Terry’s story is not uncommon.

Source: Cancer patient and dad-to-be cruelly sacked after being given just 48 hours to live – Liverpool Echo

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