King’s Lynn bus driver ‘sacked after cancer diagnosis’

A number 12 bus leaves the King's Lynn Bus Station on route for Hunstanton ANL-150924-132455009

A number 12 bus leaves the King's Lynn Bus Station on route for Hunstanton ANL-150924-132455009

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A Lynn bus driver has slammed company bosses who he says sacked him just weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Jim McMullan, who was employed by Stagecoach, has posted two letters on Facebook which show him being called to a meeting to discuss “the incident”, followed by confirmation of his dismissal.

The documents have been shared more than 5,000 times on the social networking site and have prompted calls for a boycott of the company’s services.

However, officials say they will be having further talks with him after receiving “new information” about his condition.

Mr McMullan was told he had myelodysplasia, a form of the disease which reduces the number of healthy red blood cells, in June.

He said that, within three weeks of informing managers of his diagnosis, he received the first letter calling him to a meeting.

The second then reiterated his dismissal, but added: “If your circumstances change in the future please feel free to re-apply if you so wish.”

But Mr McMullan said he had been advised by doctors that he could have less than 12 months to live without treatment and only had a 50-50 chance of surviving the treatment itself.

He said he had decided to make the letters public out of disgust at how his case was handled.

He said: “If I can get them to change the wording of their letters, I’ll have done my job. These companies have got away with it for too long.”

Since he posted the letters at the weekend, they have been shared around 5,500 times and provoked widespread condemnation of the firm’s stance.

Some supporters have even vowed not to use Stagecoach services at all in protest at Mr McMullan’s treatment.

A Stagecoach spokesman said: “Our first priority as an employer is always the welfare of our people.

“In this case, we were very sorry to hear about Mr McMullan’s situation. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we fully appreciate that this will be a stressful time for them.

“We have recently been made aware of new information about Mr McMullan’s condition and have invited him to meet with us so we can understand and discuss his circumstances fully.

“We are very conscious of the sensitivities involved and want to make sure we have a complete picture, including background information which has not been made public.”