Thousands of NHS staff took to the streets of Manchester yesterday in protest against the sacking of a nurse who spoke out against the privatisation of services.

Psychiatric nurse Karen Reissmann was dismissed last month after being found guilty of gross misconduct by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care trust for giving an interview to a local magazine. In it she expressed concern about moves to privatise NHS services.

The trust has refuted Ms Reissmann's claims of cuts to its services.