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Nurse settles over "unfair" sacking

A nurse who was fired over an interview she gave about her fears concerning privatisation has accepted an out-of-court settlement with her former employer.

Karen Reissmann was suspended by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust after an article in a trade magazine in which she criticised the transfer of NHS services to the voluntary sector.

The trust later found Ms Reissmann - who was Unison branch representative - guilty of gross misconduct over her comments and she was sacked in November 2007. The decision prompted a month-long strike by colleagues at the trust.

Midway through an employment tribunal hearing for unfair dismissal, Ms Reissmann - a community psychiatric nurse from Hulme, Manchester - reached a private agreement with the trust.

Tribunal chairman, Michael Coles, said: "This case did involve allegations of inappropriate comments to the press. It is important that the tribunal, by reason of settlement, has made no finding whatsoever whether the allegation of gross misconduct was made out.

"There has been a great deal of effort put into this resolution by both parties and their representatives. It would be a tragedy if that matter is undermined by any comment."

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