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Hi

Just wondered if anyone can give me any advice. I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Last November my team were moved out of our main office to a Health Centre (got no idea why!!) and i never wanted to move.

 

Anyway my new base is horrid! The area, the building and the office is so tiny I get claustrophobic (there are 3 of us in it). The area actually scares me to walk in it which I sometimes have to do as I sometimes have to use public transport.

 

I have started having anxiety and panic attacks when going into work, so much so my doctor has signed me off with anxiety/depression. It's so bad I feel physically sick knowing I may have to go back.

 

I have spoken to my manager to request a move back to my old base but she basically said she will refer me to Occ Health as there may be another underlying condition that's making me feel like this!

 

The thing is there are at least two people who don't like it where they are at the old base and want to move. I asked her if there was anyone who would be willing to swap with me but she basically said that she didn't think anyone would but at least one of the people who want to move has told her this.

 

I have a formal meeting with her and HR tomorrow to discuss my sickness and also my request to move base but I have a funny feeling she will tell me there is nothing available anywhere else.

 

I should mention that I applied for the Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme twice, once when I knew we were moving and once about 3 months later and was turned down on both occasions as my post was deemed essential to the organisation. I am an administrative assistant and my job is not specialised.

 

I know it says in my contract that we may be required to work in other areas to benefit the services but this is a permanent move. I have tried for 12 months and it's not getting any better

 

Am I within my rights to say I can't return until they move me because it is affecting my health both mental and physical. Any help would be appreciated.

 

Sorry for the long post.

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Debbie

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