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Protests continue against Virgin Healthcare roadshow

Issue No. 2090

Protests against the privatisation of the NHS are continuing outside the Virgin Healthcare roadshow that tours Britain.

With encouragement from the government, Virgin are trying to take over the management of doctor’s surgeries – using them as a base from which they can sell private treatments.

Last week saw mental health workers join a lively Keep Our NHS Public picket of Virgin’s Manchester launch, with many deciding to go into the event to put their questions more directly.

There are set to be further protests in Bristol, Essex and Oxford.

Mental health workers were involved in a long running strike in support of sacked colleague and leading trade unionist Karen Reissmann.

Karen faced disciplinary procedures after she spoke out against cuts and privatisation of mental health services.

Her Unison union continues to campaign for her reinstatement. It is asking trade unionists to raise her case with their local MPs and to back Early Day Motions put in her defence.

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 treated and the threat to whistleblowers and freedom of speech that her sacking represents.

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Tue 26 Feb 2008, 18:57 GMT
Issue No. 2090
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