Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Trust signs up to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

Our Trust is pleased to announce that it has of today, Tuesday 19th February 2019, signed up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, at a ceremony held at Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich.

The Charter, part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign is aimed at seeking greater security for terminally ill workers so they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition. Such protection will give every person battling a terminal condition the choice of how to spend their final months, and the peace of mind to know their job is protected and the future financial security of their family is guaranteed.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Lesley Writtle, said, “We had no hesitation in signing up to this Charter. When people are terminally ill and at their most vulnerable, we believe it is extremely important that as an organisation we do the right thing, and that our staff members should not lose their dignity or financial security at the final stage of their life. 

We want to send a message to staff that we are signed up to the Charter as another way of saying to that we will do everything possible to ensure we support individuals and their family at their greatest time of need. One member of staff, on hearing that the Trust was signing-up emailed me to say how proud she was to work in an organisation that has signed the charter.”

TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, said: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis. I’m delighted that Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.

In excess of 800,000 workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”