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Blow for health privatisation

Issue No. 2115

Health workers in the south west of England were celebrating last week after government plans for further health service privatisation were dealt a blow.

Four out of six NHS trusts in Dorset decided against a new privately run “supercentre” for the cleaning of surgical instruments after health unions complained that it could lead to lives being put at risk.

Karen Reissmann

Supporters of Karen Reissmann, the leading health trade unionist who was sacked for speaking out against cuts and privatisation, are preparing a mass greeting as she enters the first day of her Employment Tribunal.

Karen, who is a candidate in a forthcoming by-election for a seat on the Unison union’s national executive, has already received hundreds of messages of goodwill. She expects to be joined by colleagues from the Manchester mental health Unison branch and beyond.

Bring banners to the tribunal on Monday 1 September, 8.30am till 10am, Parsonage Gardens, Deansgate, Manchester. Send messages of support to

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Tue 19 Aug 2008, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2115
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