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Sacked nurse takes trust to court

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The tribunal of sacked community psychiatric nurse Karen Reissmann will take place next week.

Ms Reissmann is claiming that she was unfairly sacked by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust in June last year for speaking out about cuts and the privatisation of health services.

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

NT understands Ms Foley, who resigned from the trust earlier this year will also give evidence at the tribunal.

The employment tribunal will start in Manchester on Monday and is expected to last for a week.

Unison Manchester community and mental health branch secretary Caroline Bedale said: 'Karen's case raises issues about how the NHS is no longer a national cooperative body…NHS trusts are not buying and selling cornflakes.

'We are providing a public service. We should not be silenced by commercial interests. It is not good for staff, not good for patients and not good for the NHS'

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  • Good day
    what is the outcome ?

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  • good for her, i think as a health care provider we all have freedom to speak about our own feelings specially if it's concern the health and safety of individuals e.g. patients and staff. Goodluck to her case, i know it is going to be tough and stressful with her.

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