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Free coach to UK Uncut Block the Bridge

Brum Protestor | 07.10.2011 11:34 | Health | Public sector cuts | Birmingham

UK Uncut have called for mass civil disobedience in protest at the Health and Social Care Bill that threatens to destroy the NHS, by blocking Westminster Bridge on Sunday 9th October.
There will be a free coach running from Birmingham, contact kerryliz at live co uk to book a space
coach meet at 8:30am, Carrs Lane Church, near Moor Street Train Station

On one side of Westminster Bridge is Parliament. On 7th September, MPs in the Commons voted for the end of the NHS as we know it. Yet the coalition’s Health and Social Care bill was not in the Lib Dem manifesto. It was not in the Tory manifesto. None of us voted for this.

On the opposite side of the bridge is St Thomas’ Hospital, one of Britain’s oldest medical institutions. If the bill passes, hospitals like St Thomas’ will be sold to private corporations, the staff put on private payrolls and beds given over to private patients. Despite the government’s lies, this bill represents the wholesale privatization of the NHS and, with it, the destruction of the dream of comprehensive healthcare provided equally to all.

On October 11th, the bill moves to the Lords, and a huge Liberal Democrat rebellion is brewing. We have one last chance to save our NHS.

On Sunday 9th October, just days before the bill moves to the Lords, join UK Uncut in a spectacular act of mass civil disobedience to block the bill. By blocking Westminster Bridge we symbolically block the bill from getting from Parliament to our hospitals. Yes, it will be disruptive. Yes, it will stop the traffic. But this is an emergency and we have to shout as loud as we can.

Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge shortly before 1pm. When Big Ben strikes one, pick one of the tactics below and help block the bridge:
Bring some fake blood and play dead
Bring hospital radio to the bridge with some music and comedy
Bring a nurse for a resuscitation skill-share
Dress up in scrubs and perform an operation
Enjoy a picnic overlooking Parliament
Share stories about the the NHS
Invite a friend from across the pond to describe the reality of a privatised healthcare system
Invite older generations to describe a time before universal healthcare
(if you’ve got other good ideas, email them to

We'll be in close contact with St. Thomas’ before and during the protest to ensure access for emergency vehicles.

Brum Protestor


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  1. Coach also from Telford — pedestrian
  2. concerned — concerned