UK Work policies not fit for purpose

Published on 9 May 2024 at 17:18

UK work policies not fit for people living with Long Covid

New research has found current sickness absence and return to work policies in the workplace are unfit for purpose for those living with Long Covid.

In one of the first qualitative studies to investigate attempts to return to employment by people with Long Covid, researchers from the University of Stirling and the Universities of Oxford and York, spoke to 65 adults, in 2021 and 2022, who were dealing with continuing disability as a result of the condition.

They found that existing workplace policies that classify employees simply as either ‘able’ or ‘disabled’ are not helpful for people with illnesses, like Long Covid, which are unpredictable, often involve invisible symptoms, and vary in their severity.

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