Our expert says:
El-Jo, it's outrageous if any employer, knowing of a situation like this, makes any problem at all with someone taking time off for something so important. I hope you have been frank and explained the situation to them in some detail, rather than allowing them to think that your just making excuses for extra time off. COntact the hospice and/or NCA, as they should be able to send someon round to see him to provide proper medication for his pain ; as could his GP, though Gp's don't always know the basics of proper pain relief in cancer. Neither of you would be better of dead, and if your company DARED to make problems for you and your essential humanitarian work, they should be reported to the newspapers for Scrooge of the Year award, and to the Dept of Labour for unfair practices. Have you discussed this with your HR dept ? Maybe also call the Dept of Labour for advice about such inhuman work pressures.
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