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Mental health nurse sacked for speaking out against cuts

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Community psychiatric nurse and Unison branch secretary Karen Reissmann has been dismissed by Manchester Health and Social Care Trust after speaking out against her organisation in the media.

She was found guilty of gross professional misconduct following a six day internal disciplinary hearing, which was chaired by the trust’s chief executive.

In response, Unison has announced that 160 of its members within the trust are to begin a programme of continuous strike action starting tomorrow (8 November).

‘I’m shocked by the result,’ Ms Reissmann told NT. ‘I can’t quite believe that in this day and age this can be seen as an acceptable thing to do.’

The trust confirmed in a statement that it had dismissed Ms Reissmann, but said because of employee confidentiality it could not disclose or discuss specific details on the matter.

Chief executive Sheila Foley said in a statement: ‘Dismissal is not a decision taken lightly, is very rare and only taken when there are very serious concerns and where it is believed that it is in the best interests of patients, staff and carers who must always come first.’

The trust said it was ‘disappointed’ to hear confirmation of further strike action.

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