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Thousands travel to the capital for national NHS protest

Tens of thousands of people around the country, including healthcare staff, will march in London today to protest at cuts to NHS services. People from across the West Country are also making their journey into the capital to join the demonstration.

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In Bristol, local campaign group Protect our NHS has been collaborating with street artists to bring to public attention what's happening to health services in England.

Various images, produced by Bristol street artists Object and DNT - have appeared on walls and arches in the Stokes Croft area of the city, focusing on the national health service and publicising today's demonstration for the NHS.

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One image features the image of Prime Minister Theresa May kissing President Donald Trump under the caption 'Kissing Goodbye to the NHS?'.

Placards being taken from Bristol to London for the march. Credit: @NHSour

This afternoon, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to address rally "to defend the NHS".

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Boarding the coaches from 8am this morning. Credit: ITV West Country

Coaches organised by several local unions left Bristol and Swindon from 8am.

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The timely march comes after this week, health authorities confirmed inpatient facilities at four community hospitals in Devon were to close.

A total of 72 beds will be lost at Honiton, Okehampton, Seaton and Exeter Whipton Hospitals. But Sidmouth Hospital is to get some extra bed provision.

In addition, on Friday it was confirmed that Holsworthy Hospital in North Devon had temporarily closed its inpatient services, following concerns over patient safety.

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