Weekend shoppers in Chorley are able to show their support for the NHS today, as around 20 Unite members stage a ‘bed race’ through the town.
Unite members will be racing the specially modified hospital bed from Chorley hospital, starting at 11am, to the town’s market square to highlight the Save Our NHS rally in Manchester tomorrow and, more locally, what the union says are ‘dangerously low staffing levels’ in the pathology departments at the Royal Preston and Chorley hospitals.
Members staged the first leg of the bed protest race yesterday from Preston hospital to Bamber Bridge.
Unite regional officer Steve Davies said: “The bed race is designed to raise awareness of what is happening to the NHS, nationally and locally, and we hope that the Chorley public turn out to cheer our members on. We need to send a strong message that the NHS is not for sale to profiteering private healthcare companies, but should remain free at the point of delivery for all those in need.”