The state agency Medex, which conducts a medical evaluation, visits educational staff who have been sick for a long time, when they no longer have sick days. There is a particular problem for young people who have not accumulated many sick days and therefore receive a faster assessment. Those who cannot work part-time are then sent to a so-called medical pension. But for young people, the monthly amount they receive in this case is very limited because they have only completed a short career, assures Kom op tegen Kanker.
When Medex decides that a teacher can return to work, they must work part-time for 90 days. But that period is often too short for someone recovering from cancer treatment, according to Kom op tegen Kanker. Anyone who wants to work part-time for a longer period of time ends up in a system of “long-term leave for low performance due to illness”. This means that they work between 50 and 75 percent, and get paid 60 percent of the remaining hours. Those in this system will never be able to work full time again.
Therefore, the organization calls for changing the lower and upper limits in that system. Its message is that anyone who wants to work should also be able to do it for less than half the time. In addition, “the health condition can develop.” “Those who, because of their medical condition, need to work less than 50 percent or more than 75 percent, should be given the opportunity to do so,” says Wim Geelwickens, researcher and attorney at Kom op Tejen Kanker.
Gilwickins stresses that it is important for cancer patients to be able to reintegrate into society. “Joining a full part of the community is important for cancer survivors, but it is not easy. Appointed faculty members need to be able to start over at their own pace.”
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