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Strike call over cuts

by Karen Reissmann, chair of Manchester community and mental health Unison
Issue No. 2024

Over 150 mental health staff in Manchester have voted unanimously to ballot for strike action if a package of cuts is not dropped.

Occupational therapists, activities staff, senior support workers, team secretaries, day care staff, technical instructors, therapists and nurses voted at a mass meeting for a vigorous campaign of opposition.

The proposals are being presented as an improvement. But, as one nurse said at the meeting, we would have “twice as many patients each, so half the time to provide care. We are not prepared to see our service destroyed. Not one member of staff supports these proposals.”

The NHS trust board will meet to ratify the cuts in January.

The proposed cuts would involve getting rid of 33 nurses and 6.5 occupational therapist posts.

Some teams will go from 16 nurses to four.

But at the same time, there is enough money for 24 extra management positions to be created.

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Sat 28 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2024
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