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Good evening. Thank you for contacting Justanswer. I am a solicitor in England and Wales and happy to guide you. If your contract of employment provides for the right of the NHS trust to vary the terms of your contract then they would be able to vary the contract to suit the business needs. However, you are not refusing to work the new times out of choice. If your employer has been aware of your condition and is appraised of the implication to your health of the walking and use of public transport then they should consider your flexible working request as it is necessary for your health to maintain the current hours. The impact on your wage too is something they ought to consider however, it is not likely that they would accept to increase your wage since other people using public transport would not be getting the same treatment and the cost of travel to work did not influence the rate of your pay. You should get a letter from your GP on the implications to your health if you are to walk on the steep terrain for so many days a week and supply this to the Appeal chair. Unless your contract states the notice period for changes to contract terms to take effect the requirement is for employees to be given reasonable notice and in the current pandemic climate and working in NHS 14 days would regrettably be reasonable. If I can clarify anything further please do not hesitate to send me your follow up question, I will be more than happy to assist. All the best.