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Need for home care under Ghana’s NHIS

January 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Today I met a mother who has had to give up her teaching job to look after her child who has an auto immune disease. I don’t think this is right especially for people who have contributed to the social security trust all their working lives and now also to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Sharecare Ghana has done a letter on this to the NHIS, with copies to Parliament, the Ghana Health Service and the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, and we hope something will come out of this.
It would be interesting to know what systems exist in other countries.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Candy // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Will try ad find something out for you on systems here.
    Is there a channel you could use to start suggestions and making people aware of the needs of people like the mother you speak of?

    I think you can chase up your letters and even send an open letter to the media, TV and radio. Awareness is the key, there are people in this situation all over the country but they do not know where and to whom to turn.

    When people start listening something will come of it.

    U are doing a good job, keep it up. God dey!!!

  • 2 Nana Yaa // Jan 31, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Coincidentally, this was in today’s BBC news. Thanks, Candy.

    Win for disability rights woman
    A British woman has won the initial stages of a landmark legal case at the European Court of Justice which could give new rights to millions of carers.
    The Advocate-General agreed that Sharon Coleman suffered “discrimination by association”.
    The legal secretary claimed her former London employers Attridge Law described her as “lazy” for wanting time off to care for her disabled son.
    A panel of European judges will make a final ruling later this year.
    Voluntary redundancy
    Ms Coleman says she was forced to leave her job in March 2005 because she was not allowed as much flexibility in her work as parents of other children.
    If her case is upheld by the full court, the verdict would effectively give new rights to millions of carers.
    Making the ruling this week Poiares Maduro, a senior European lawyer, said that in his opinion a European law establishing equal treatment at work was relevant to those “closely associated with a disabled person”.
    He said that directly targeting a person with a particular characteristic was not the only way of discriminating against him or her.
    He said: “One way of undermining the dignity and autonomy of people… is to target not them, but third persons who are closely associated with them.
    “A robust conception of equality entails that these subtler forms of discrimination should also be caught by anti-discrimination legislation.”
    Ms Coleman was already working with the law firm when she gave birth to a disabled son in 2002.
    He suffers from serious respiratory problems, including apnoeic attacks – an involuntary halt to breathing.
    Huge implications
    As primary carer, Ms Coleman wanted flexible working arrangements, but accepted voluntary redundancy and began a claim for constructive dismissal five months later.
    Ms Coleman said her manager had commented that her child was always sick, and had accused her of trying to use his condition to get out of work.
    She said: “They knew about my son’s problems because I took him into the office, but they wouldn’t allow me to work flexibly to make it easier to look after him.
    “Other members of staff were taking time off for hospital appointments or worked from home but my requests were always turned down.”
    True equality
    An employment tribunal hearing the case decided to refer it to the European Court for a ruling on whether EU discrimination laws covering the disabled can also apply to people not themselves disabled, but closely associated with a disabled person.
    Imelda Redmond, chief executive of campaign group Carers UK, said the ruling represented a “positive step towards true equality for carers”.
    She said that of the 2.5m carers currently in the UK, one in five would give up work in order to carry out their role as carer.
    Ms Redmond said: “Every employer will have to look at their recruitment and employment practices and make sure they are not discriminating against carers.”
    The group wants the government’s new national carers strategy to recommend including carers in new equalities legislation, which will be introduced next year.
    Story from BBC NEWS

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