Bulletin No: 199 | 27 November 2018
TO: ALL UFU MEMBERS
Support for Tasmania Fire Service career firefighter and UFU member Rob Boost after TFS insurer Allianz cuts of medical payments
- The UFU calls on all members to assist one of our own, Tasmania Fire Service career firefighter and UFU member, Rob Boost.
- Rob was recently notified by TFS’ insurer, Allianz, that they will no longer pay costs associated with some treatment that Rob requires to assist in healing an injury obtained on the job in 2016.
- UFU members are respectfully encouraged to read about Rob’s story and to donate at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/rob-boost
Rob Boost suffered a traumatic injury after being struck on the head by a falling tree branch at a wildfire job in Tasmania in 2016. Since obtaining this injury, Rob has suffered debilitating pain and other serious side effects and he requires significant, ongoing treatment. Rob is unable to work in his full capacity.
Rob was recently notified by TFS’ insurer, Allianz, that they will no longer pay costs associated with some treatment that Rob requires.
Allianz made this decision based on recommendations by the insurer’s medical expert from a consultation with Rob in February 2017. This decision was made despite current recommendations from Rob’s entire medical team, comprising of 5+ specialists and a GP, that Rob would require a number of treatments including infusions for chronic pain relief and a trial of a neurostimulator.
Rob has been left in a financially and medically vulnerable position as a result of Tasmania Fire Service and Allianz’ decision to not pay for the recommended treatments. It is unacceptable that TFS treats one of their employees, who obtained a significant workplace injury which has significantly affected his and his family’s life, in such a manner.
Career firefighters take significant risks in order to protect the communities that they serve. When the employers’ insurer deems a member unworthy of financial compensation for important recommended medical treatment, our Union must step up further to ensure that our member is not left behind due to injustice.
TFS and Allianz’ decision to halt payments for Rob’s recommended medical treatment has left Rob and his family with no choice but to self-fund his medical treatment and legal challenge of the decision.
The UFU calls on the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmanian Government to do the right thing by one of their career firefighters and resolve this matter.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary