A Mersey Care NHS Trust spokesman said: “We care for some of the most complex and vulnerable adults in a hospital setting and have an international and award-winning reputation for doing so. Initiatives such as our ‘No Force First’ programme underline our commitment to the minimum use of restrictive practice.
“This means our staff are highly trained in how to safely manage complicated restraint situations, which is something we pride ourselves on as a Trust. We never dismiss staff lightly and always look at all possibilities, but in the light of the evidence we felt we had no other course of action open to us than to dismiss two staff members earlier this year.
“These individuals have now chosen to take us to an independent Employment Tribunal and due legislative process will follow. Given these facts we remain disappointed by the trade union’s decision to take strike action before the external process is complete. We do not believe this is in the best interests of our patients, our carers, our staff and the communities we serve.”