“They discharged me while I was still on crutches”

“They discharged me while I was still on crutches”
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He record of sick leave that has been registered in the Tarragona district over the last year reaches every corner. The ‘Diari’ has been able to contact two workers from Tarragona that report irregular situations in their temporary disability processes.

These are complaints that have been going on for years. In fact, in 2026 the Platform for Conditions for the Catalan Institute of Medical Assessments (ICAM) and the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) was created.

One of the testimonies with which this newspaper has contacted narrates that He requested leave in 2020 due to mental problems: “I had spent years hiding my life and not taking sick leave because I felt guilty, but I couldn’t take it anymore.” «The people who serve you do not understand you: There was a doctor who didn’t even look at my face.“, Add.

Two years ago, while he was undergoing one of the leave processes that he usually had, You received an uncertified letter to his mailbox: «He was from ICAM and He said he should have started work the day beforewhen they they had not visited me and when there were reports from both my psychiatrist and my family doctor who said he was not fit to return to work». A discharge that was contested. Subsequently, requested permanent disabilitythat was denied.

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Currently, is out of work -given that the company fired her due to sudden ineptitude fruit of their situation –, pending trial to resolve your request. He insists that “mental health problems and the consequences they can have be made visible, especially for the most disadvantaged families.”

In case of Saida Hayek It is similar, but different: she suffered a fall at work last February of the year 2022: «I went to the mutual insurance company; “They treated me for a month and a half and discharged me.”. High it was claimed and in consequence, the work accident was recognized and he returned to the mutual insurance company: «They let me go again for almost a year, but they still didn’t operate on me».

As the 365 days of sick leave were exceeded, it was Social Security that began monitoring. In the end, It was operated on in February of this year. and began the respective rehabilitation process. «I received a letter a few weeks ago stating that I was being discharged without a visit. and still being in rehab; I went to Social Security to look for it and the person who saw me freaked out when He saw me arrive with the crutch». His case is also in a judicial process.

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