The movement to save the NHS is beginning to look unstoppable. One of the key campaigns is in the Tory heartland of Lincolnshire – and the epicentre is Thatcher’s birthplace, Grantham. A few days before the election, 100 campaigners on motorbikes deliver mountains of biscuits to A&E staff across the county to thank them for their hard work – and in the process point out the nightmare situation developing in their hospitals, proving beyond doubt that the Tories are planning to privatise the entire NHS.
On their 59th consecutive week of protesting to reopen the A&E department at Chorley and South Ribble hospital, campaigners hold a minutes silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing and pay tribute to the emergency services, particularly the NHS workers.
Incredible scenes as Rivington Barn Bikers join the 54th consecutive week of protests to re-open Chorley’s A&E. The campaign is the only one in the country who have managed to reverse a closure; they’ve got the A&E re-opened for 12 hours a day, and now they’re fighting on to get it open 24/7. Later on, members of the “Sing It Big” choir rehearse campaigners in a version of “Fix You”. which Coldplay have agreed the use of as an NHS campaign song. Chorley are at the forefront of a growing national social movement to defend the NHS, with demos and protests spreading throughout the country.