Victoria has had type 2 diabetes for more than 8 years and works in an NHS outpatient department. She hasn't been able to work from home or socially distance at work, where she comes into contact with many members of the public and is worried about her safety in the workplace.
"At the beginning of lockdown my doctor recommended that I work from home. I approached my manager with this information and said I would be willing to do any work possible at home, however my manager said there was no possibility of this happening.
"I feel the concerns I raised about being clinically vulnerable were completely disregarded. Rather than redeploying me to a role where I would be kept safer from the risk of catching Covid-19, my manager actually told me she was sending me to work in a Covid-19 Ward. I was not prepared to do this and told my manager. After being told there was no way for me to work from home, my manager told me I may have to leave my job to put my health first.
"In the end I had a breakdown in work caused by stress and incredible levels of anxiety. My doctor said I was suffering from severe anxiety and I have been signed off from work for 2 months now on statutory sick pay.
"I must return to work soon, despite my anxiety and reluctance. I don’t leave the house often, with my husband doing the food shops, and when I do go out I find it very hard, as when I meet someone walking I feel I have to get away from them so I find myself running across the road.
"I have been told that everyone is required to wear a mask and visor with my colleagues informing me that these stay on until lunch time. I suffer from claustrophobia so the thought of wearing this equipment on my face for 10 hours is not helping my anxiety levels.
"My manager has still not completed a risk assessment. I have been sent the risk assessment document through email, but it has not been filled in and, after reading through the document, it appears there is no place where my diabetes will be taken into consideration.
"I think more needs to be done to educate people and raise awareness of people living with diabetes and their vulnerabilities. I have heard that there are a lot of people dying with COVID-19 because they have diabetes. So now this makes me even more scared and anxious to go back to work. It is clear that this risk assessment will not be completed before I return to work.
"Returning to work is not my only worry, my husband has just been forced to take a 20% pay cut and lose a working day. It has been a financially difficult time and if I were forced to leave my job it would be a disaster. I really feel like the furlough scheme should be reopened for those clinically vulnerable people who are not able to socially distace in the workplace."