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Many thank for this insight. I was considering all the points against my experiences, hence delay in coming back to you for more information so I can take practical steps.
One more request please. I am in the union. A colleague at work who is aware of what's going on feels its bullying and i should involve the union. I have never done this before as i just try to cope with any challenges. I want to ask for a formal adjustment to my working time and request that i should be allowed to attend medical appointments that are difficult to arrange outside of working time and to be allowed to make up time lost later. Are these reasonable requests? My weekly clinic runs once a week and in the morning. I have been refused to attend citing my contract of employment and business needs require me to be at work everyday. Yet I see others without any visible disability taking time off or claiming to be work at home at least one day a week!
Should I involve the union? And how should I engage them in looking at reasonable adjustment for me? I feel uncomfortable attending any medical appointment and tend to cancel until the surgery receives a letter from hospital that I had not been attending my appointments. My boss so far is against any formal adjustment those the company has alternative working policy. The po;icy states that it must be agreed by the line manager first before an application could be made. So it is difficul to make one. Please advice.