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Docs-supporting cyclists lead the way

A “BIKE GANG” of flying pickets zipped between central London hospitals yesterday supplying junior doctors with snacks and solidarity.

The activists, who described themselves as “patients — past, present and future,” congregated at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel before cycling to Guy’s Hospital south of the river.

Placards strapped to the cyclists’ backs bore slogans such as “Bikers for Strikers” and “Freewheelin’ for Freehealin’.”

They then took their supplies of bananas, clementines, flapjacks and brownies to nearby St Thomas’s before heading north to famous children’s hospital Great Ormond Street and University College Hospital. 

Emma Taylor, a 29-year-old with diabetes who joined the convoy, said: “We are all past, present, and future patients of the NHS — it is there for us, our families and our friends at our darkest, most frightening moments.

“Our lives and our health literally depend on a well-resourced, free public health service and the dedicated and highly skilled staff who make it work.

Jeremy Hunt and the Tories are holding a gun to the head of our National Health Service. That’s why we are here today as patients supporting the striking junior doctors — to show that their struggle is our struggle. It is up to all of us to save our NHS.”

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