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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 May 2016

Chorley A&E battle

Marching to Save the NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

Marching to Save the NHS, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Jackie Grunsell, Lancashire Socialist Party

150 bikers blocked the road outside Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, revving their engines in time with the chants of a further 400 protesters, stood outside on 21 May.

They were there for the sixth week in a row since the trust's announcement it would close the A&E department due to a shortage of doctors.

Campaigners have been told this is temporary and that the trust is attempting to recruit new staff.

However, with the government's plans to close A&E units nationally, this is being seen as a way of presenting the public with a fait accompli. Neighbouring Preston A&E is struggling to cope with the increased numbers.

The area is not alone in suffering the brunt of a rapidly spiralling crisis in the NHS. The Tories' plan to dismantle and sell it off must be fought at every turn. The fightback at Chorley and South Ribble is an example of the persistence needed.

Campaigners plan to be outside A&E again on 28 May, and have organised a demonstration for 11 June.

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