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My partner is currently working NHS, she is

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Hello, my partner is currently working for the NHS, she is pregnant, has Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is now over 6 months pregnant, for the first 3 months of her pregnancy she wasn't risk assessed whilst working on a heavy ward (lifting patients etc.) However they finally done it and explained that she would have to make sure she carried out lifts properly with 2! people, which was never the case as they were always short staffed, so obviously she was at risk and worn herself out. She recently was off work for 2 weeks sick due to exhaustion and being diagnosed as anemic (Pregnancy related). Because of this she was referred to Ocupational health to see what would be the best option to get her back into work (fair enough). However they recommended "lighter duties", well according to my partners manager, "there are no light duties on the ward", even though woman in the past have been pregnant, 2 others are currently pregnant, yet they haven't had to leave the ward. She also quoted in a meeting that she already struggles with her duties due to her "disability" so being pregnant is going to make it worse (she may have struggled at times but never complained). Sorry to go on but after a meeting with her manager and HR their solution was to plonk her in outpatients which after her first day has left her in tears stressing, thrown in the deep end, rushed off her feet. not knowing anybody, learning a new role. Now I'm no solicitor but is it not discriminating to put her on another ward that's just as busy if not more, with patients she is not familiar with and using her pregnancy and disability as the reason for this when other employees are fine to carry on working on her ward when they are pregnant? Her contract does state that they can move her around the trust if required as long as it's in a role that she has got the skills set to carry out, which she doesn't. Sorry for the long winded story but this is just the jist..... many thanks, ***** ***** add they seemed to make what seemed like a threat that if she wish to return to her ward that she would have to sign a document stating she does so at her own risk, which i thought rubbed alt in the wound

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** am a solicitor on this site and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long has she worked there for?
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
Hello, not sure if you saw my initial query above - How long has she worked there for?