I have signed up, and I will email this to my friends and family & ask them to sign the petition as well. So many people are affected by cancer in one way or another, and the benefit system is not set up for it. I was lucky enough to have a good insurance policy that paid a percentage of my salary after the six months sick leave, but I wasn't fit enough to return to work for a year after my treatment started, 15 mnonths after it ended. I was paid incapacity benefit for a while, but this was withdrawn because excessive fatigue was not recognised as a sympton of my treatment, or a valid reason not to work. I also did not mention the joint pains, failing eyesight, and digestive problems some of which I had put down to increasing age, and I had not releasised were the after effects of the chemo. I was lucky that I was protected against the financial implications by my insurance policy, but there are many people who would have an impossible decision to make about whether they were fit enough to return to work. Hopefully this new benefit would allow patients the time to recover both physically and mentally.
It is wrong that so many people who have paid there national insurance for many years, should be put in the position of practically begging for these benefits, when there doctors and consultants are offering medical advise that is ignored by the benefit system.