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Westminster bridge blocked by demonstrators

10th October 2011

A protest march about cuts to the health service on Sunday blocked Westminster Bridge in London.

Pound Sign

The march, by UK Uncut, was carried out before the debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday, 11 October on the Health and Social Care Bill.

The protestors who took part in the march called on Conservative peers to block the bill.

According to Ben Andro from the BBC, around 2,000 people took part in the Block the Bridge, Block the Bill protest

The bridge was closed to traffic for the event, which stopped at 16.30. Many people taking part worked for the NHS and many were dressed in medical clothes.

Before the demonstration, UK Uncut said: "If we want to save our NHS we need to shout as loud as we can. No-one voted for this bill, but together we can stop it."

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: "The government's Health and Social Care Bill represents the gravest threat to the NHS, one of our nation's finest achievements, since its foundation."

He added that he thought the protest would "send an important message of support to the brilliant doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who work day in, day out to make our health service the envy of the world, and an equally important message of opposition to a Tory-led Government trying to unpick all of this". 


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