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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 November 2006

Manchester

Save mental health services

AROUND 30 staff and supporters lobbied the local health trust on 9 November, demanding they drop plans for sweeping cuts to community mental health-care in Manchester. The bosses see mental health-care as an easy victim for cuts.

Hugh Caffrey

Cuts to community mental health-care mean less staff to help mental health patients in the community. There will be 33 less nursing posts and 75% of service users will lose their key worker.

Fewer staff, an even more over-stretched service - and another 24 managers! It's proposed to put four specialist community teams out to "open tender" - Blairite speak for privatisation.

No to a mini-Railtrack in mental health-care!

The staff union branch has called a mass cavalcade of cars in protest at the cuts on 5 December from 12-1pm.

The trust board will begin its proposals with a freeze on nursing jobs on 11 January 2007 - staff have called a mass lobby against the cuts on the same day.

If management won't drop the proposals, an indicative ballot this month will prepare for a full strike ballot for action in January.


  • Send protests to trust chief executive Tracey Ellery at Chorlton House, 70 Manchester Rd., Manchester, M21 2UN.

  • We're working to link all the anti-cuts campaigns together across the conurbation to prepare for further protest actions before Christmas.

    Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public meeting,
    Wednesday 22 November 7.30pm,
    Friends Meeting House, central Manchester

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