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Manchester mental health chief executive resigns

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The Chief executive of a mental health trust at the centre of a row over nursing cuts last year has stepped down.

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust announced that Sheila Foley, a former mental health nurse, had resigned from her post as chief executive last week, citing personal reasons.

In a statement, it thanked her for ‘all her hard work through what have been some difficult times for the care trust’.

Ms Foley had been involved in a long-running dispute with community psychiatric nurse and Unison branch secretary Karen Reissmann, who was sacked by the trust after allegedly bringing it into disrepute, as reported by NT in December.

Ms Reissmann was instrumental in organising a series of staff demonstrations last year over cuts made to community mental health teams in the area.

Deputy chief executive Tracy Ellery has taken over as acting chief executive of the trust.

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