Housekeeping And Thanks

First off, a big thank you from myself and Merys – thanks in part to your donations she will be able to continue to train to be a doctor. You are all absolute stars – thank you.

The other big news is that I LIVE!

I'm left with a slightly stuffy nose and some pain in my left knee, but other than that the 'man-flu' has left the building and I am able to leave the nest of my flat. This is good as I've almost run out of lemon tea.

Actually, trying to classify this illness is a bit of a problem. When I do my 'return to work' interview they will ask me what was wrong with me. Now, the medical professional in me knows that it wasn't the 'flu, but likewise it was more than a cold. Also the symptoms were what most people would refer to as the 'flu. So do I 'lie' and say I had the 'flu, or is it just a bad cold?

All my fault for being so honest.

In response to some of the comments on the previous blogposts (sorry, I didn't have enough energy to turn on the computer), the LAS sickness policy is something like 'three or more periods of sickness in an eighteen month period, or any one period of sick lasting more than a week' leads to an unwritten informal warning. This is straight off the top of my head so I may be mistaken, and this will be my fourth period of sickness in this period (I think).

I'll let you know more after my interview. I'm not hugely stressed by it, as I tell my station officers, “I'm only sick if I'm sick”. Besides, shift work flattens your immune system.

All going well, I'll have a working phone by 18:02 today…

8 thoughts on “Housekeeping And Thanks”

  1. So you get a warning if you're sick for more than a week? Does this mean that if you break both legs or end up with bubonic plague you are expected to be off for no longer than a week? Seems a bit silly to me. In fact it seems bloody ridiculous. You'd never get away with an illness policy like that in the private sector!

  2. We have now adopted the system that LAS use, boy is it confusing. Points for having a period of sickness in a single period. Mulitply it by the number of shifts you should have been on, take away the number of days in the month and add it to the square root of your grandmother's, first cousins birthday etc etc… and then if the number you get is more that the first number you thought of you have to have a meeting with someone to find out why you were ill.”well I was ill and you always tell me not to come in when I am sick as its not good for the patients or colleagues”

    All I know is that in this job we work silly hours, get hardly any sleep and then get sick because your immune system is shot to pieces and funnily enough we meet sick people all day long, and with a naff immune system we pick up all the bugs that they insist on coughing all over you without covering their mouths!!!!

    So now we have several people all coming into work sick because they frankly can't be bothered trying to explain why they were off sick, giving every other bugger the lurgy that they have and pretty soon we will all have about 4000 points and get sacked for being sick…..

    You couldn't make it up, but I wonder how much LAS paid the accountant or mathematician who thought it up in the first place…….

  3. I've got news for you – many transport concerns in the private sector are attempting to employ these methods, and have been for some time.

  4. Tom, sounds like you had a non-specific viral infection to me…not that I'm any kind of expert, but to the average pen-pushing bureaucrat, it just has to sound better than hackneyed old “flu” !

  5. Do they not offer free flu jabs to all medical people these days?If not they should.

    I know this wouldn't have helped in the case of a severe cold -which can lay you up for a few days- but at least it would avoid the risk of the real thing too. (Which is always a risk when your immune system is still down after a bad cold etc).

    The civil service also operated the same 'warning' system over sick days when I was there. Considering how many people were genuinely sick with stress related problems (often due to staffing levels, etc) -this often just made the problem worse.

  6. yeah, we get the jabs, someone comes round to the station to administer them. As for my previous comment, thanks for that, I couldn't for the life of me remember the name of the system, and indeed Bradford it is….

  7. Standard practice in amb servs now: We can serve sick (and not sick) people, but management must pressurise us into not being sick ourselves for a moment longer than absolutely necessary.You might enjoy this comedy sketch (or is it real life?)

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