Manchester Health Workers Continue Walk Out

Hundreds of mental health workers in Manchester are continuing their strike action in protest over the suspension of a union official.

It is the second three-day strike held after Karen Reissmann, a psychiatric nurse, was suspended in June.

Managers say she brought Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust into disrepute.

The union Unison said she was suspended for speaking out against job cuts and government policies.

The NHS trust has said it is a private employment matter.

About 700 workers staged a similar three-day strike last month.

The workers, who are mostly nurses, will be on strike until Wednesday.

The strike covers all in patient, hospital and community psychiatric services across Manchester.

Workers will be picketing outside North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, and Wythenshawe Hospital.