The promoting entities (FECEC and PIMEC) have extended collaboration partnerships in the region with hospitals, CAPs (Primary Care Centers), labor advisors and companies who have spread the word about the program, enabling the first demands to be met.
The support program for companies, workers and self-employed workers ‘What to Do When Cancer Appears at Work’, promoted by the Catalan Federation of Entities against Cancer (FECEC) and the Small and Medium Business Company of the Vallès Oriental (PIMEC) has been successfully established in the region after its launch last January.
Throughout these months, the two driving forces have created collaborative alliances in the territory allowing them to extend the knowledge to those responsible for a business about what to do when one of their workers is diagnosed with cancer.
People who have had cancer sometimes have difficulty returning to work. The program seeks to minimize the negative impact of the disease on both the organization and the affected worker.
It is a program with a social value that aims to create a more inclusive healthcare business culture in the workplace and maximize the chances of people living with cancer to maintain or restart an active occupational role after the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Currently, the program already has the support of three companies (Tapla industries, the Association of electricity, plumbing, gas and related companies of the Vallès Oriental and Comas and Partners) who bear the OncoCompromeses (Onco-Committed) seal.
In order to disseminate the program among those diagnosed with cancer, the Hospitals of Granollers, Sant Celoni and Mollet del Vallès have joined the program; especially, the Oncology Service team which covers all three centers and all of the region’s Primary Care Centers as well.
From the very beginning, the support of Perez-Sardà Coll Labor Consulting, the leading trade unions (UGT and CCOO), trade associations and MC Mutual has been key for the dissemination of the program among those responsible for micro, small and medium enterprises.
Such collaborations have contributed to: The spreading of the program among agents of the territory, the research of companies to finance the project and its dissemination. In this regard, the program has already met the first demands.
At FECEC, we believe it is important to create such framework to inform micro, small and medium-sized companies, workers and freelancers, to help manage a situation of cancer at work, to inform about the resources available to accompany this situation and what options they have at the time of making decisions.
‘What to Do When Cancer Appears at Work’ is an innovative program inspired by experiences in the UK and Denmark. The agreement between FECEC and PIMEC -a commitment for collaboration with the program- was signed last December.Author: FECEC