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Jobs risk to arthritis sufferers
07 May 2007
Almost one in three people with rheumatoid
arthritis lose their jobs after developing the disease, a new report
Campaigners called for urgent action from
the Government and employers to prevent so many workers being laid off.
task force of medical experts
and charity officials said there should be a series of measures to help
many of the 600,000 sufferers stay in work.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Society said a "staggering" 86% of people with the
disease experienced or expected barriers to staying in their job.
Chief executive Ailsa Bosworth said:
"People with rheumatoid arthritis want to stay in work and remain
independent, but many are fearful of losing their jobs and all too
often are shunted onto incapacity benefit when they really want to be
paying income tax."
The task force said the Government should
be investing in initiatives to help sufferers stay in work, and to make
them aware of their legal rights to ensure that newly diagnosed
patients were better informed about the treatment they were entitled
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