In July this year I attended A&E and was admitted to hospital with a blocked bowl, possibly cancer, which had caused my intestine to split and subsequently leak into my abdomen. It was therefore classed as a life threatening condition and required an immediate emergency operation.Thankfully the growth was benign. I found myself needing a 6-8 weeks recovery period but was informed on release from hospital after 2 weeks that I was only entitled to 15 days sick pay per annum, even though I have been employed there for over three years. I had to return to work 4 weeks early and am losing half a months wages already. This will make it extremely difficult to pay bills in September. On top of that I am supposed to return to hospital in 3-6 months to have the emergency colostomy reversed, this will be very unlikely due to my employers sickness policy. I will not be able to have the operation until I have saved enough money to cover any absence, which with the current lack of overtime and the fact I am still far from full recovered may take years. The recovery period after the second surgery would be anywhere between 2-6 weeks depending on the method used i.e. Open or keyhole surgery. I am just looking for a little help as I would like to have this dealt with as soon as possible without having to cope with the financial worries on top of everything else. I feel I have arrived at this situation through no fault of my own and am finding it impossible to gain any assistance elsewhere.