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Defending Karen Reissmann and challenging Virgin healthcare

Issue No. 2089

Protesting against Virgin healthcare in Nottingham last week  (Pic: Lewis Stainer)

Protesting against Virgin healthcare in Nottingham last week (Pic: Lewis Stainer)

Campaigners and health workers in Manchester are continuing to fight for the reinstatement of leading trade unionist and psychiatric nurse Karen Reissmann.

Karen’s Unison union is urging other trade unionists to ensure that their local MPs are backing two early day motions in her support.

The motions (EDM 276, proposed by John McDonnell MP, and EDM 443, proposed by John Leech MP) both outline the disgraceful way that Karen has been sacked for opposing cuts and privatisation in the NHS.

Manchester mental health Unison are also organising a protest against the privatisation of the NHS outside the launch of Virgin healthcare in Manchester on Wednesday of this week.

Encouraged by New Labour, Virgin and a host of other health multinationals are bidding to run GP surgeries and thereby profit from NHS budgets.

Virgin’s healthcare roadshow has already faced angry pickets in other towns and cities.

Dave Kuivala from Nottingham and Mansfield trades council told Socialist Worker that 40 people, including many health workers, protested outside the Virgin launch event in Nottingham last week.

“There were more people outside the event protesting than guests at the launch,” he said. “And some of those going in told us they were only there for the free food.”

There are set to be protests against Virgin in Sheffield on 28 February, Oxford on 17 March and Bristol on 19 March.

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Tue 19 Feb 2008, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2089
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